Gene therapy via lentiviruses, gammaretroviruses, adenoviruses, and adeno-associated viruses is attractive because of the natural ability of viruses to enter into and deliver genetic material to cells. Lentiviruses are subtypes of retroviruses, which contain an RNA genome that is converted to DNA in the transduced cell through a virally encoded enzyme called reverse transcriptase. Lentiviral vectors have become particularly attractive for clinical applications owing to their ability to more efficiently transduce non-proliferating or slowly proliferating cells, such as CD34 + stem cells. There is a critical unmet need to develop scalable, robust, closed, cGMP-compliant manufacturing systems for generating and producing lentivirus gene therapy vectors that are suitable for clinical and commercial use.
The production of lentiviral vectors centers around the use of a packaging cell to produce the viral vector particles. Large-scale manufacturing of vectors begins with the growth of an adequate number of these packaging cells, such as derivatives of the HEK293T cell line. Generation of vectors for use in the clinical setting requires the use of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) to ensure the production of high-quality vectors of verified identity, potency, and purity. The steps required for vector production are not complex; however, producing robust, cGMP-compliant production systems for lentiviral vectors has proven a bit more challenging than for producing retroviral vectors. Although lentiviral vector manufacturing has many parallels to gammaretroviral vector production, one of the critical differences that significantly affects the manufacturing process consistency and increases costs of lentiviral vectors is the lack of a packaging cell line with stable transfection of the core packaging plasmids.
Figure 1. Overview of large-scale lentiviral vector manufacturing.
For over a decade, QVirus™ Platform at Creative Biogene has developed a cell transfection and production system that is an efficient, scalable process for engineering cell function and enabling cell-based manufacturing for clinical applications. We combine the leading lentivirus production technology with systematic cGMP procedural controls that have been developed to ensure clinical product quality, safety and consistency for gene therapy clinical trials.
➢ A well-established proven GMP quality system
➢ Optimize culture conditions for culturing suspension-adapted cells for vector production
➢ Achieve sterile integration of the cell processing instrumentation with the cell production technology
➢ Optimize viral production capacity through maximizing the number of infectious viral particles
➢ Large scale lentivector production in a cGMP manufacturing facility
➢ Quality control and quality assurance
QVirus™ Platform has the expertise to assist you with the GMP manufacture of lentivirus. If you have any special requirements, please feel free to contact us.
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