Emergent BioSolutions and FDA Finalize Comparability Protocols Enabling Manufacturing of BioThrax Consistency Lots in Building 55
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2014--
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it has initiated manufacturing of BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) consistency lots in Building 55, following review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Manufacturing and Non-Clinical Study Protocols submitted by the company supporting the Building 55 comparability program. The goal of the comparability program is to generate data that will show BioThrax manufactured at large scale in Building 55 is comparable to the BioThrax currently manufactured in the approved facility, Building 12. BioThrax is the only FDA-licensed vaccine for the prevention of anthrax disease.
"Emergent is pleased to have reached an agreement with FDA that now enables the final steps towards securing approval of Building 55 for large scale manufacturing of BioThrax. This progress could not have been achieved without the successful collaboration between the company, FDA, and BARDA," said Adam Havey, executive vice president and president, biodefense division at Emergent BioSolutions. "This multi-year effort to expand our manufacturing capability is intended to address the U.S. Government's stated need for this critical medical countermeasure in the Strategic National Stockpile. We look forward to our continued partnership with the government to bring this program to completion."
The Manufacturing and Non-Clinical Study Protocols reviewed with FDA specify the criteria by which product manufactured in Building 55 will be determined as comparable to BioThrax currently produced in Building 12. The company has initiated manufacturing consistency lots of BioThrax in Building 55 to demonstrate comparability and for use in the pivotal non-clinical study, which is scheduled to begin this year. Data from this non-clinical study, together with the comparability data from these consistency lots, will be used to support a Prior Approval Supplement to the BioThrax licensed BLA for the approval of Building 55.
Building 12 produces 7 to 9 million doses of BioThrax annually. Building 55 has the potential to triple manufacturing capacity to an estimated 20 to 25 million doses annually. Both facilities are located on Emergent's Lansing, Michigan campus.
This program is fully funded under contract number HHSO100201000034C, in the amount of up to $107 million, provided by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Emergent BioSolutions is a specialty pharmaceutical company seeking to protect and enhance life by offering specialized products to healthcare providers and governments to address medical needs and emerging health threats. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us @emergentbiosolu.
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