PBR Staff Writer Published 24 January 2018
GE Healthcare will provide its biomanufacturing platform for Clover Biopharmaceuticals’ new production facility in China.
FlexFactory, which is a biomanufacturing platform based on single-use technologies, will be deployed at Clover’s facility in Changxing of Zhejiang.
The facility is being built for the production of biological fusion protein products, including advanced drugs and biosimilars.
GE will also supply two 2,000 liter bioreactors at the facility, which are expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.
FlexFactory is a centrally automated and flexible biomanufacturing platform to produce biopharmaceuticals such as monoclonal antibodies and vaccines.
The technology enables manufacturers to quickly establish biopharmaceutical manufacturing capacity within an existing building or in a new facility.
FlexFactory includes -use technologies and associated process hardware, in addition to required automation and control components for start-to-finish manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.
Clover Biopharmaceuticals co-founder, chairman and president Peng Liang said: “GE’s FlexFactory represents the latest in biomanufacturing technologies, and it will help us establish flexible production capacity quickly, while fulfilling good manufacturing practices (GMP) requirements.”
GE Healthcare Life Sciences global commercial bioprocess general manager Sven Henrichwark said: “China has one of the fastest growing biopharmaceutical industries in the world, and it is important when new production facilities are being built that the chosen biomanufacturing technologies support this positive development, bringing high-quality biologics fast to market.”
Clover is engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel biologic therapies for oncology and autoimmune diseases.
By using its advanced Trimer-Tag technology platform, the company will develop novel biologics targeting trimerization-dependent pathways.
Image: GE to deploy FlexFactory biomanufacturing platform at Clover’s new facility in China. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.