Porton Biopharma

Developing and Manufacturing Life-Saving Biopharmaceutical Products

PBL is an experienced developer and manufacturer of life-saving therapeutics.

Porton Biopharma (PBL) is a UK-based company experienced in developing, manufacturing, and bringing life-saving biopharmaceutical therapeutics and vaccines to market.

The company is an expert at taking concepts from the research laboratory to production, progressing through various stages of scale-up and process development. The result is clinical-grade material, which is suitable for clinical trial. This includes both native and recombinant therapeutic proteins.

Manufacturing and product development

Porton Biopharma's development group offers a range of product-focused services, including development and scale-up, product characterisation, analytical development and qualification, and process troubleshooting, as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP) manufacturing capacity.

Its state-of-the-art current good manufacturing process (cGMP) manufacturing facilities are licensed by the Medicines and Helathcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).

The facilities are used for its biopharmaceutical products, which include the UK's licensed anthrax vaccine, and therapeutic enzyme Erwinase®, which is used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and is licensed in 20 territories worldwide.

Specialist expertise focused on delivery

By building on the knowledge and experience gained from successfully manufacturing its own products, the company is able to provide both facilities and expertise to clients for the production of a wide range of clinical materials.

These including unique containment level 3 capabilities geared to the bespoke manufacture of low-volume, high potency and toxicity bacterial products.

PBL also offers access to its specialist laboratories and bespoke services for translational development to help new biopharmaceutical products progress from gene to GMP.

World-wide academic knowledge for greater developmental capabilities

PBL work with both start-up biotech and large pharmaceutical organisations on a worldwide basis and have active collaborations with academic departments engaged in bioprocessing developments.

Several of its staff are visiting university lecturers, which means they are able to offer a broad knowledge of developmental capabilities ranging from the creation of entire biopharmaceutical manufacturing schemes from research scale methodologies to the development of individual process components.

Having developed its own products for many decades and worked with a wide range of customers, PBL has a wealth of experience that can be applied flexibly to aid clients at all stages of development. It takes pride in its high-level of communication, which enables the company to work with its customers and reflect their needs.

Process redevelopment and qualification

Experience gained from the continuous improvement of its processes enables PBL to offer a complete range of services, including complete process redesign, introduction of disposable technology and improved analytical methods. Such activities are underpinned by the expert knowledge of its regulatory and validation teams.

Analytical development and qualification

The company's development group designs and adapts a wide range of analytical techniques to demonstrate process reproducibility and product quality. Method qualification ensures that such techniques are fit for their intended purpose.

Process troubleshooting

Long-established manufacturing processes may suffer from unexpected problems. PBL's staff are adept at determining the root cause of process failures outside of the manufacturing environment. This vigilance reduces costs and manufacturing down-time, and also allows them to provide advice on appropriate remedial action.

About Porton Biopharma

Porton Biopharma's strategy as a new company with a distinguished heritage is to grow its existing business and product pipeline, whilst also building relationships across the industry.

It was commercialised out of Public Health England on 1 April 2015, which enabled it to be better placed to grow the business of developing and manufacturing life-saving products. The company is built upon decades of biopharmaceutical experience, including the successful licensure of many therapies that save thousands of lives every year and generate revenues from world-wide sales.

PBL offers expertise in developmental production of biologicals, including product characterisation, process and analytical validation, and scalability for market. Allied with its experience of regulatory compliance gained from the licensure of its own products, this puts it in an ideal position to offer expertise and enable others to successfully bring their products to market.

In order to find out how Porton Biopharma can help you move your research from the bench to the clinic, please contact them via the enquiry box.

Contact Details

Porton Biopharma
Manor Farm Road
Porton Down
United Kingdom
+44 1980 612100
+44 1980 619723
01980 612241

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Porton Biopharma (PBL) Brochure 04 September 2017 Porton Biopharma (PBL) manufactures the UK's licensed anthrax vaccine for and on behalf of the UK Government.

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