JSR Life Sciences Expands Its European Gene-to-GMP Biologics Manufacturing Facilities for Selexis and KBI Biopharma in Geneva, Switzerland
JSR Life Sciences, LLC today announced that it is increasing its European footprint with a newly expanded, state-of-the-art facility that will co-locate primary European operations for its affiliate companies KBI Biopharma and Selexis SA. The two companies combined will occupy 8,700 square meters in the Stellar 32 campus within Geneva’s ZIPLO (Industrial Zone Plan-les-Ouates). KBI Biopharma’s expanded facility will enable the Company to offer clinical cGMP biologics bulk drug substance manufacturing for European clients. Selexis’ new workspaces will allow the Company to meet the increasing demand for its highly specialized mammalian cell line development technologies and services. Together, the companies anticipate creating more than 250 new highly technical jobs in the new facilities.
JSR Life Sciences invested in the co-located operations to help meet the needs of its European client base. This arrangement will facilitate additional options for clients to leverage efficiencies for integrating Selexis’ SUREtechnologyTM protein expression platform with KBI’s advanced process and analytical development tools.
“JSR Life Sciences is proud to have best-in-class companies focused on translating customers’ ideas into novel biologics that are improving patients’ lives worldwide,” said Tim Lowery, President of JSR Life Sciences. “This strategic investment in our European operations creates new options by linking the core strengths of our affiliates, increases efficiencies, and ultimately accelerates our customers’ ability to bring innovative life science products into the marketplace. In addition, KBI and Selexis will benefit from the extensive biopharma industrial base, advanced technical resources, and specialized education offerings in this region.”
KBI Biopharma’s new 5,600-square-meter biologic bulk drug substance manufacturing facility is scheduled to be operational by mid-2022 and will create more than 200 technical positions in development, operations, and quality assurance. From this facility, KBI will supply customers with cGMP bulk drug substance to meet their clinical trial requirements. The expanded capabilities include two 2,000L single-use cGMP manufacturing trains with process development and analytical testing labs on site. cGMP quality control testing for release and in-process testing will be performed on-site in the new Geneva facility, while cGMP testing of drug substance and drug product stability will remain at the KBI Biopharma BVBA laboratories in Leuven, Belgium.
Selexis’ Geneva footprint will increase by 200% and is scheduled to be operational by mid-2021. The new space will include laboratory, office, health/wellness, and employee common spaces. Throughout the expansion, Selexis has maintained its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through investing in a Minergie-certified building (a Swiss building standard aimed at construction with above-average demands on quality, comfort, and energy) with an energy balance 20% better than Swiss recommendations for energy resource and conservation1. Floorplans support the unique technical needs of Selexis cell line workflows, including department-wide segregation and state-of-the-art monitoring systems. In addition to new standard cell line development suites, the new facility will also include two separate cell culture suites to accommodate quarantined client-specific cell lines or client-dedicated cell line spaces.
“This expansion is a cornerstone of our European growth strategy, which builds on Selexis’ innovative cell line technologies and KBI’s strong expertise in biologics manufacturing to meet the needs of our clients’ clinical trial requirements. The new facility allows us to increase engagement with a broader client base with whom we can partner more effectively due to our local presence,” said Dirk Lange, President and CEO of KBI Biopharma and CEO of Selexis SA. “As science progresses, research and treatments become increasingly complex and sophisticated, and we are fully prepared to keep pace with our clients’ needs by providing the latest life science discovery and development technology. Furthermore, by co-locating these operations, the synergies for rapid cell line and process development and introduction to manufacturing will be tremendous, which we see as a true advantage for our client base.”
The Stellar 32 facility remains in the center of highly diversified industrial companies in Geneva. It provides easy access for clients and employees, located close to the A1 Motorway, Geneva Airport, and public transportation including buses, trams, and multiple railways. The location will also provide convenient access to a three-star hotel as well as a restaurant and fitness center.
About JSR Life Sciences, LLC
JSR Life Sciences, LLC is committed to the advancement of human health worldwide as a strategic partner to companies that discover, develop, and deliver products to treat disease and improve the quality of life for patients. Based in Sunnyvale, California, JSR Life Sciences operates a network of manufacturing facilities, R&D labs and sales offices. The JSR Life Sciences family of companies includes Crown Bioscience, KBI Biopharma, Inc., Medical & Biological Laboratories Co., LTD., Selexis SA and other affiliates throughout Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
About KBI Biopharma, Inc.
KBI Biopharma is an award-winning biopharmaceutical contract services organization providing fully integrated, accelerated drug development and biomanufacturing services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies globally. With each of our 300+ client partners, we have worked closely to personalize and rapidly accelerate their drug development programs. Built upon a foundation of world-class analytical capabilities, we deliver efficient process development and clinical and commercial cGMP manufacturing services for mammalian, microbial, and cell therapy programs. We have locations in Durham and Research Triangle Park (NC), Boulder and Louisville (CO), The Woodlands (TX), Geneva, Switzerland, and Leuven, Belgium. More information is available at www.kbibiopharma.com.
About Selexis SA
Selexis SA, a JSR Life Sciences Company, is the global leader in cell line development with best-in-class modular technology and highly specialized solutions that enable the life sciences industry to rapidly discover, develop, and commercialize innovative medicines and vaccines. Our global partners are utilizing Selexis technologies to advance more than 130 drug products in clinical development and the manufacture of eight commercial products. As part of a comprehensive drug development process, the Company’s technologies shorten development timelines and reduce manufacturing risks. More information is available at www.selexis.com.
1 The “Model Regulations of the Cantons in the Energy Sector” (MuKEn) is the “overall package” of energy law model regulations in the building sector that the cantons have jointly developed based on their implementation experience.
Sam Brown Inc.
JSR North America Holdings, Inc.
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
About Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
Thales to Deliver the World’s First Fully Integrated Unmanned Mine Countermeasures System for the Royal Navy and French “Marine Nationale”26.11.2020 20:55:00 CET | Press release
Following the first phase of the program in which two demonstrators have successfully proven their operational performances at sea, France and the United Kingdom marked the tenth anniversary of the Lancaster House treaties by signing a joint contract for Thales to start the production phase of MMCM to deliver eight unmanned mine hunting systems (four for France and four for the United Kingdom). This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201126005783/en/ MMCM system at sea ©Thales With the threat of mines and improvised explosive devices present in all conflicts involving naval forces, countries need to strengthen the protection of their maritime domain, to ensure the protection of their assets and to safeguard the freedom of civil navigation. At the same time, it is essential to limit human exposure to mines. With 50 years of expertise serving navies around the world, Thales develops technologies that enable the transiti
Saudi Urban20 Chair Wishes Italy ‘Buona Fortuna’ With the 2021 Urban20 Presidency26.11.2020 14:47:00 CET | Press release
TheUrban20 (U20) Chair, His Excellency Fahd Al-Rasheed, President of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City has today wished his Italian counterparts good luck or “Buona Fortuna” as Italy prepares to take up the reins of the 2021 G20 Presidency and the engagement group of cities, the U20. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201126005650/en/ HE Fahd Al-Rasheed, chair of U20 Riyadh 2020 - (Photo - AETOSWire) “The city of Riyadh is immensely proud and honored to have Chaired the 2020 U20. We are proud of the progress we made together as the U20 of 42 cities and 30 think tanks, universities, and multi-lateral entities. We collaborated, innovated and found common ground. We discussed challenges and solutions experienced by cities across every continent. We focused on the common goal of rebuilding better. As we worked to bring urban issues to the fore, a record 39 mayors and representatives of leading cities endorsed the
DEWA Innovation Centre and 800MW 3rd Phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Inaugurated26.11.2020 14:31:00 CET | Press release
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inaugurated Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) Innovation Centre and the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world. The solar park has a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, with investments up to AED50 billion. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201126005645/en/ DEWA Innovation Centre and 800MW 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park inaugurated (Photo: AETOSWire) HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was briefed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, about the Innovation Centre, which is a global hub for renewable and clean energy innovation. It supports innovation and creativity in clean and renewable energy, promotes sustainability, develops Emirati talent and enhances the UAE’s com
Leveraging Its Mobile ID, IDEMIA Brings Digital Travel Credentials to Life26.11.2020 14:30:00 CET | Press release
Digital Travel Credentials make traveling between airports and airlines a more enjoyable experience and bolsters passenger trust in airport services and systems. On 10-11 November 2020, at the ICAO virtual conference, IDEMIA demonstrated with an airline partner its breakthrough innovation capabilities to present a fully operational solution, bringing DTC to life. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201126005534/en/ (Photo: Buiness Wire) Leveraging its Mobile ID solution and passenger flow facilitation solutions, IDEMIA simulated a passenger DTC for check in and smart boarding. Passengers can speed through all airport touchpoints thanks to fast and ultra-secure biometric identification. IDEMIA’s DTC treat private data with the same security level as for paper passports. “This DTC demonstrator illustrates the innovative capabilities of IDEMIA to perform a highly secure, reliable and smooth identity verification of t
Egle Therapeutics Identifies First Novel Regulatory T-cell Targets in Research Alliance with Takeda26.11.2020 11:30:00 CET | Press release
Egle Therapeutics SAS (Egle), an emerging biotechnology company focused on developing first-in class immunotherapies targeting immune suppressor regulatory T-cells (Tregs) for oncology and autoimmune diseases, today announces that it has achieved the first milestone in its strategic research alliance with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”). In the course of the strategic research alliance that was announced in June 2020, Egle will validate novel tumor-infiltrating regulatory T-cell (Treg) targets against which Takeda will develop potential therapies. Egle has leveraged its unique bioinformatic and translational capabilities to successfully identify targets that will now be pursued under the terms of the alliance. Upon achievement of the target identification, Egle will receive an R&D milestone payment and investment from Takeda. Luc Boblet, CEO of Egle, commented “Reaching this first technical milestone marks our positive progress towards our joint goal with Takeda, of cr
Technology Entrepreneurs Choose Chengdu as Destination and Benefit From the City’s International Business-Friendly Environment26.11.2020 09:23:00 CET | Press release
Chengdu has long had an international reputation as a highly livable city. In recent years, Chengdu has also cultivated a business-friendly environment aligned with international standards, making the city fertile soil for enterprise development, especially in the tech sector. XGIMI Technology, a Chengdu-based leading provider of multi-functional smart projectors and laser TVs in China, attributed part of its success to Chengdu’s favorable environment, helping the firm to grow and in 2018 surpass global giants Epson and Sony in the Chinese projector market for the first time. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201126005495/en/ XGIMI Technology Founder Mr. Zhong Bo (Photo: Business Wire) According to data on China’s projector market in the first half of 2020 released by IDC, XGIMI ranked first in terms of shipments and sales, with a market share of 22%. Five XGMI models feature in the top ten projectors by shipmen