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ATUM Licenses Exclusive Access to Proprietary Gene-Coding Algorithm for Plant-Based Recombinant Protein Expression to Medicago
NEWARK, Calif., & QUEBEC CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ATUM, a Newark, California-based leader in the development of protein expression technologies, announced today the exclusive licensing of gene-coding algorithm GeneGPS® to optimize protein expression in Nicotiana benthamiana to Medicago, a global leader in the development and production of plant-derived vaccines and therapeutic proteins. The gene design technology was developed using ATUM’s patented gene optimization algorithm that combines design of experiments (DoE), exact empirical measurements, and machine learning tools to accurately predict the preferred gene sequence.
ATUM announced the exclusive licensing of its gene-coding algorithm GeneGPS® to optimize protein expression in Nicotiana benthamiana to Medicago.
“The ATUM GeneGPS technology has continuously demonstrated robust and predictable protein expression in our Proficia® plant-based manufacturing platform,” said Marc-André D’Aoust, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Innovation at Medicago. “Combining our proprietary transient protein expression technologies with the GeneGPS algorithm results in unprecedented productivity in the generation of VLP vaccine and antibody candidates.”
Claes Gustafsson, Ph.D., Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of ATUM, added: “The impressive and unique technology platform put in place by Medicago to quickly provide vaccines through plant-based protein production provides a new exciting tool to improve human health. We are pleased to have worked with Medicago to reach their goals by developing and licensing to them exclusive access to the proprietary Nicotiana benthamiana gene design GeneGPS platform.”
ATUM’s patented GeneGPS® technology eliminates bias, incorrect assumptions, and flawed optimization strategies in gene design by focusing on what has been experimentally demonstrated to improve expression. GeneGPS® begins with a training set of systematically varied synthetic gene variants, whose expression is experimentally tested in a target host. The expression data is analyzed using machine learning to develop a gene design algorithm for that host. Genes designed using GeneGPS® reliably outperform genes designed using alternative methods.
ATUM has built GeneGPS® optimization algorithms for many bacterial, yeast, insect, plant, fungal, and mammalian expression hosts, and continues to improve and develop GeneGPS® for novel expression hosts.
Medicago is a Canadian clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with more than 400 employees in Canada and the United States. Medicago’s mission is to improve global health outcomes by leveraging innovative plant-based technologies for rapid responses to emerging global health challenges. For more information: http://www.medicago.com
ATUM offers an integrated pipeline of tools including gene design, optimization and synthesis, expression vectors, and platforms for protein and cellular engineering and production. The company exploits the dependence of biological activity on well-designed sequences. ATUM’s tools and solutions are fueling the transformation of biology from a discovery science to an engineering discipline. By collaborating with our clients, ATUM accelerates breakthroughs and moves research further faster. For more information please visit: https://www.atum.bio.
Medicago Awarded “Best New Vaccine Technology/Platform” at the World Vaccine Congress
Medicago Awarded “Best New Vaccine Technology/Platform” at the World Vaccine Congress
Washington, D.C., USA, April 25, 2019 – Medicago, a North American biotech company and global leader in the development and production of plant-derived vaccines, announced today that its proprietary plant-based production platform, Proficia® was named “Best New Vaccine Technology/platform” at the World Vaccine Congress in Washington, D.C., attended by 1,500 participants including key opinion leaders from the vaccine industry. The Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of vaccine practitioners and stakeholders across the global vaccine industry.
“It is very gratifying to see that our technology is again being recognized as innovative in our industry”, said Bruce Clark, President & Chief Executive Officer of Medicago. “Winning this award as the best new technology in the eyes of leading experts in the vaccine industry is an important validation of the value of our plant-based technology to vaccine and antibody development.”
Developed in Quebec City, Medicago’s technology has the potential to rapidly respond to surging threats by producing vaccines or therapeutic antibodies in the face of an outbreak such as pandemic influenza. Our data has shown that the Proficia® platform can:
- Rapidly deliver a pandemic vaccine candidate in 5 to 6 weeks
- Accurately match the selected strain as a result of its recombinant technology
- Easily scale vaccine production as one plant or 10,000 plants require the same growth conditions
Medicago’s platform versatility has been demonstrated for the production of vaccines and antibodies. In 2012, in the context of DARPA’s Blue Angel program, the company successfully proved its platform capacity to produce 10 million doses of a candidate H1N1 pandemic vaccine in one month at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Medicago’s influenza development program includes a pandemic, a seasonal and a universal flu vaccine. In addition to flu vaccines, in 2015, Medicago successfully completed a contract with the U.S. government (BARDA) to produce anti-Ebola antibodies.
On top of this newly received award, Medicago’s platform Proficia® was awarded the “Game-changing Technology Award in 2014, by BIOTECanada”. This prize recognized an organization that had made a significant contribution to the biotech industry in Canada through the innovative plant-based vaccine production platform.
In 2018, Medicago broke ground on the new $245 million manufacturing complex in Quebec City that will include the company's headquarters, research and development as well as production facilities. The new production factory will complement the one of Durham, North Carolina as the company plans to produce annually 40 to 50 million doses of quadrivalent vaccines against seasonal influenza. In 2019, Medicago will achieve a key milestone by completing Phase III clinical studies in adults and elderly subjects.
About World Vaccine Congress
The World Vaccine Congress remains the industry's definitive vaccine industry event for major vaccine players. Officially the longest-running and largest vaccine industry event in North America, the World Vaccine Congress delivers a forum where the ever-changing dynamics of the vaccine industry are discussed and acted upon by the industry's most senior figures.
Medicago is a Canadian clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with more than 450 employees in Canada and the United States. Medicago’s mission is to improve global health outcomes by leveraging innovative plant-based technologies for rapid responses to emerging global health challenges.
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Best New Vaccine Technology/platform Award Finalist
We are delighted to announce that our Plant-based Vaccine Production Platform, Proficia, has been shortlisted for the ViE Awards in the category: Best New Vaccine Technology/platform Award.
The Winners will be announced at the 12th ViE Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner in Washington, DC, on April 15th. #Medicago #staytuned #WVCUSA
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