Business Wire

Kaneka expands GMP manufacturing capacity for mRNA in Kaneka Eurogentec S.A.

Share

Kaneka Corporation (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Minoru Tanaka)(TOKYO:4118) has decided to increase its GMP*1 manufacturing capacity for mRNA*2 in Kaneka Eurogentec S.A. (Headquarters: Liège, Belgium; President: Lieven Janssens), a wholly owned group company in Europe. We plan to start operation sequentially from the end of 2023 with a capital investment of 2 billion JPY and a production capacity that is around 5 times higher than the current capacity. Kaneka Eurogentec S.A. will grow as a leading company of biopharmaceutical CDMO*3, responding to the vigorous global demand for mRNA.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230118006042/en/

To view this piece of content from mms.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.

Kaneka Eurogentec S.A. building (Photo: Business Wire)

mRNA, which has been rapidly implemented in vaccines against COVID-19, is expected to be applied not only to vaccines for other infectious diseases but also to therapeutics for genetic diseases, cancer and so on. The demand for GMP manufacturing of mRNA will increase drastically with the active development of biopharmaceutical pipelines by pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Kaneka Eurogentec S.A. is a CDMO for biopharmaceuticals inspected by the US FDA*4 and has world-class technology for producing plasmid DNA*5 and GMP manufacturing track records of over 25 years. They provide plasmid DNA, recombinant proteins, oligonucleotide*6 and so on as drug substances for pharmaceutical companies worldwide. In addition, Kaneka Eurogentec S.A. has started GMP manufacturing services for mRNA since 2020, and this capacity expansion will be utilized to expand the CDMO business.

Regarding the priority area of Health Care, Kaneka will continue to provide solutions globally for health issues through the growth of its biopharmaceutical business.

*1.

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice): A system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.

*2.

mRNA: An RNA molecule that is transcribed genetic information of protein synthesis from DNA. It is expected to be used as vaccines and therapeutics.

*3.

CDMO: Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization.

*4.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): US governmental agency dealing with approval and supervision of violation of products which may be used by consumers in their daily life such as pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, medical devices, veterinary drugs and toys.

*5.

plasmid DNA: A general term for circular DNA molecules that exist outside the nucleus of bacteria such as E. coli and yeast, and that are passed down to daughter cells through cell division.

 

It is conventionally used in processes for producing biopharmaceuticals such as therapeutic proteins and has been applied to genetic medicines and vaccines in recent years.

*6.

Oligonucleotide: Short polymeric sequences of nucleotides (RNA or DNA). It is used as drug substance of nucleic acid therapeutics.

[General description of Kaneka Eurogentec S.A.]
Headquarters: Liège, Belgium
President: Lieven Janssens
Description of business: Manufacturing and sales of proteins, nucleic acids and peptides for medicinal, diagnostic and basic research uses
Established: 1985
Capital: 31 million euros
URL: http://www.eurogentec.com/

To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.

Contact information

KANEKA CORPORATION
Investors & Public Relations Department
Chika Harada
Info_PRoffice@kaneka.co.jp

About Business Wire

For more than 50 years, Business Wire has been the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure.

Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

More Than Half of Visitors to teamLab Planets in Toyosu, Tokyo Now Come From Overseas. Starting in March, Artworks Featuring Cherry Blossoms That Bloom Across the Space Will Be on View for the Spring Season Only27.1.2023 20:00:00 EET | Press release

Approximately 100,000 people from overseas visited teamLab Planets in Toyosu, Tokyo, between December 9, 2022 and January 9, 2023. (*1) Of the visitors across one month, around 60% , or 1 in 2 visitors, were non-residents visiting Japan (*1), and the number of visitors from overseas has tripled compared to the same month in 2019 (before COVID-19). This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230126005440/en/ teamLab, Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers © teamLab Furthermore, according to a survey conducted by the museum, about 70% of the visitors from overseas knew about the museum before considering their trip to Japan, and there was a trend of the museum being one of the main purposes to visit Tokyo. (*2) *1 From the official website tickets purchaser data (survey period: December 9, 2022 - January 9, 2023) *2 From the visitor survey data (survey period: December 17, 2022 - January 10, 2023) We will continue to p

Global Processing Services Appoints Former Visa Executive Jim McCarthy to Lead Global Sales and Product27.1.2023 13:01:00 EET | Press release

Global Processing Services (“GPS”), a fast-growing next-gen global payments technology platform, today announced the appointment of Jim McCarthy as Executive Vice President – Global Head of Sales and Product, and Kevin Fox as the company’s new Chief Revenue Officer. In this newly created role, Jim will lead GPS’ global commercial and product teams in close collaboration with Kevin on sales acceleration. Jim is a highly accomplished payments veteran with over 30 years of experience, including 18 years at Visa where he held senior roles in sales, risk and authentication, consumer credit, digital products and product innovation. As Visa’s EVP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Jim was responsible for the development of Visa’s product and technology roadmap, innovation efforts, and led business development for strategic partnerships. While at Visa he was responsible for the introduction of 3D Secure and Visa Token Service, which have become industry standards, and also contributed t

Major Landowner Federations to Support AMR Against Nordic Mining ASA (NOM) in the Norwegian Supreme Court27.1.2023 12:59:00 EET | Press release

Key landowner federations declare 3rd party intervention in support of Arctic Mineral Resources’ appeal to the Supreme Court in the case against Nordic Rutile AS (NRU), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Mining ASA (NOM). Arnold Rørholt, lawyer and AMR’s Chairman, welcomes the 3rd party intervention in favour of AMR: “The intervention will ensure that the Supreme Court, as opposed to the courts of lower instance, appreciates the principal nature of the case and the Constitutional issues underpinning it, and interprets the Mineral Act in light of these – to the favour of AMR.” “The Western part of the Engebø garnet and rutile province contains around half of the proven reserves in the Engebø deposit, as well as a majority of inferred resources and will support a highly profitable 50 years plus fully underground mining project without a need for deposits on land or in the sea” continues Rørholt. Arctic Mineral Resources (AMR) and the federations argue that the two mineral categories – o

Ipsen Receives CHMP Negative Opinion for Palovarotene as a Treatment for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva in E.U.27.1.2023 09:00:00 EET | Press release

Regulatory News: Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended not to grant marketing authorization for investigational palovarotene as a treatment for the ultra-rare bone disease, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). In the E.U. there are currently only symptomatic treatments for FOP, which do not reduce the formation of extra-skeletal bone in patients with the condition. Ipsen will be requesting a re-examination of the CHMP opinion, based on scientific data available from the existing palovarotene clinical trial program. FOP causes permanent and continuous new bone formation in soft and connective tissues, like muscles, tendons and ligaments, a process known as heterotopic ossification (HO).1 Once formed, it is irreversible.1 The average age of diagnosis is 5 years old2 and ultimately FOP shortens the median life expectancy to 56 years as untimely death is

Green Steel Technology Company Boston Metal Announces $120M Series C Financing Led by ArcelorMittal27.1.2023 08:01:00 EET | Press release

Boston Metal, a company developing technology to fully decarbonize steel production, today announced the $120 million first close of Series C fundraising led by multinational steel company, ArcelorMittal S.A. (NYSE: MT). Microsoft's Climate Innovation Fund and SiteGround Capital also joined as new investors in this round, alongside current investors. ArcelorMittal’s lead investment was made through its XCarb® Innovation Fund. Commenting, Aditya Mittal, CEO, ArcelorMittal, said, “In Boston Metal, we are investing in a team that has made impressive progress over a relatively short period of time, developing a technology that has exciting potential to revolutionize steelmaking. In our extensive discussions with them, we have been impressed by the passion and vision they have to contribute to the decarbonization of steelmaking. They are an exciting and welcome addition to the XCarb® Innovation Fund’s portfolio.” Boston Metal’s patented Molten Oxide Electrolysis (MOE) process is being comme

In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.

Visit our pressroom