Lonza Forms Supply Pact with TiGenix
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Lonza has formed a supply agreement with TiGenix, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Lonza will manufacture material for the Phase III trial of Cx601, TiGenix's eASC product, in the US at Lonza's cell-therapy production facility in Walkersville, Maryland.

Cx601 is a locally-injected suspension of allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients, currently in Phase III of clinical development in Europe. Following the positive feedback received at a meeting with the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), TiGenix is moving ahead with the development of Cx601 for the US market. To supply Cx601 for a Phase III trial in the US, and potentially for the US market when the product has been fully approved, TiGenix has chosen to partner with Lonza as its contract manufacturing organization. TiGenix will begin the process of technology transfer to Lonza in the coming weeks.

In December 2014, TiGenix submitted to the FDA the required documentation for a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) of its pivotal Phase III trial design for Cx601 in the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn's disease in the US. Agreement with the FDA on the SPA will ensure that the trial design is aligned with the FDA's requirements for the future approval of Cx601. The Phase III trial in the US, if successful, together with positive data from the European Phase III trial, would enable TiGenix to file a biologics license application (BLA) with the FDA.

Source: Lonza

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