Brammer Bio investing $50M in gene-therapy facility

Gene therapy

A brand-new CDMO is pushing forward with plans to be a player in gene-based drug manufacturing with a new manufacturing facility in a U.S. biotech hub.

Lexington, MA-based Brammer Bio laid out its plans at the BIO International event in San Francisco, saying it will spend about $50 million to outfit and staff a 50,000-square-foot facility in its home city for production of late-stage and commercial-scale viral vector and cell-based therapies.

Brammer Bio expects the facility to be operating by Q2 of next year. The plan is to eventually add 200 employees to its workforce there.

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Brammer Bio was formed in March through the merger of Brammer Biopharmaceuticals and Alachua, FL-based Florida Biologix, with the help of a capital infusion from Ampersand Capital Partners, Florida Biologix's majority owner.

"The Lexington facility will be equipped for largescale manufacturing with a focus on compliance in these emerging drug categories,” Richard Snyder, Brammer CSO, said in a statement.

The company also has 45,000 square feet of process development and Phase I/II clinical manufacturing space in Alachua, FL, and intends to double that.

As more and more of the specialty drugs being developed by biotech and pharma are gene-based therapies, Brammer joins Japan’s Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and others like Swiss CDMO Lonza, in hustling to build or expand facilities to manufacture them.

- read the announcement 

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