Sinergium Biotech Antigen Production Plant, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sinergium Biotech has announced it will begin construction of a new primary antigen production plant in the town of Garin, which is located in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It will be constructed with an estimated investment of $50m, creating approximately 100 new jobs during construction.
Based in Argentina, Sinergium Biotech is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, production, and marketing of vaccines and highly complex biopharmaceutical products.
Details of the antigen production plant
The new plant will be situated within Sinergium's existing manufacturing facility in Garin, which covers an area of 20,000m² and has an annual production capacity of 30 million syringes and vials.
The new plant will help develop an influenza vaccine against the Zika virus and production of recombinant variants of Zika virus E protein. The facility is anticipated to start production within two years.
Production at the existing and new plants in Garin
The vaccines production process will be in compliance with the highest international good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards.
The existing plant manufactures a Novartis influenza vaccine, a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine with technology transfer from Pfizer, a tetravalent vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) in partnership with MSD, and biotech products along with mAbxience.
Vaccines currently produced by Sinergium Biotech have approvals from the National Administration of Medicines, Food, and Medical Technology (ANMAT); the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Technology at Sinergium Biotech's new plant
The new plant will use recombinant technology instead of cell culture technology for the development of vaccine against the Zika virus. The recombinant technology is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and shared by the US for the better production of recombinant variants of virus E protein.
Use of recombinant technology reduces the production time for vaccines from months to few weeks.
Key players involved
Sinergium Biotech signed an agreement with Protein Sciences Corporation and Mundo Sano to jointly development a Zika virus vaccine in April 2016. As per the terms of the agreement, Sinergium will pay an upfront fee to Protein Sciences for using its proprietary technology for the development and production of the vaccine.
Sinergium will be responsible for manufacturing and commercial rights of the vaccine in Argentina and other counties.
Protein Sciences Corporation's Zika Consortium consists of five international partners including Mundo Sano and Sinergium Biotech in Argentina, Liomont in Mexico, UMN Pharma in Japan, and Fiocruz in Brazil. Bio-Manguinhos, a unit of Fiocruz, joined the multi-national consortium in supporting the development of the vaccine in 2017.
Clinical trials on Zika virus
Development of the Zika virus vaccine started in February 2016. The lead protein-based vaccine showed good safety results and strong neutralising antibodies against the Zika virus in the pre-clinical studies conducted by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health in January 2017.
The product is estimated to proceed to human clinical trials in the next few months. Phase I clinical trials on the vaccine in the US are expected to commence in April 2017.