Batavia: Lentivirus for first patient NL

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we would like to congratulate Leiden University Medical Center and the research team on their recent accomplishment using the lentivirus. Researchers have successfully treated a baby with stem cell gene therapy for severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). This form of SCID (which often claims the life of the victim before finishing their first year of life), had previously never been treated with gene therapy and now the disease has been successfully cured.

Batavia Biosciences is proud to announce that we were able to play a role in helping reduce human suffering as Batavia produced the lentivirus vector for this incredible project. Professor Frank Staal references the lentivirus vector as the “wheelbarrow that brings the gene to the right place” within the article. It’s apparent that amazing work is being done by the top names in the gene therapy field, and we are honored to be able to contribute with our expertise in viral vectors, specifically, the lentivirus in this project.

Wilfried Bakker, Director of Science and Innovation, states, “To be part of this development, we could not be prouder. Our contribution of the lentivirus vector to treat this form of SCID means a lot to us, but even more to the patient and future patients with this life-threatening form of SCID.”

Read the full press release with the links provided:

Volkskrant Article 
LUMC Press Release

Batavia Biosciences Optimizes Global Quality Assurance with Veeva Vault Quality Suite

Batavia Biosciences Optimizes Global Quality Assurance with Veeva Vault Quality Suite

BARCELONA, Spain — September 15, 2022- Veeva Systems  (NYSE: VEEV) today announced Batavia Biosciences selected  Veeva Vault Quality Suite  to optimize its global quality assurance (QA), unifying content, processes, and training management on a single platform. Batavia will also benefit from real-time insights that support ongoing QA improvements and inspection readiness.

“As our development footprint grew globally, we needed to optimize our QA approach to better meet future needs,” said Jolanda Van Vliet, director of quality assurance, Batavia Biosciences. “Bringing our QA onto Veeva’s cloud-based platform enables us to centrally manage quality documentation and training, facilitate collaboration among authors, and improve reaction time to quality events.”

Based in the Netherlands,  Batavia Biosciences  is a full-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing in viral vaccines, virotherapy, and protein vaccines. With  Veeva Vault QMS, Batavia can centrally manage QA processes to better ensure GxP compliance, while  Veeva Vault QualityDocs  automates workflows and audit trails, simplifying document management, updates, and review processes.  Veeva Vault Training  will further help the CDMO ensure role-based qualifications.

“It is a privilege to partner with Batavia to support their launch of a fully digital quality assurance system and boost inspection readiness,” said Sofia Lange, director strategy, Vault Quality & Manufacturing at Veeva. “With the addition of Vault Quality Suite, Batavia now has a scalable foundation that will strengthen its QA processes and oversight across operations.”

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Gene therapy developers see an expanded viral toolbox

There are still many challenges in gene therapy analytics and manufacturing according to gene therapy developers. Our Global Technical Director,  Alfred Luitjens  was interviewed on this topic by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. The interview was in response to his presentation on the manufacturing of a lentiviral vector for a gene therapy against RAG1-SCID at the PepTalk conference 2020.

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Gene therapies push AAV vector production

Several virus types have been studied for use as viral vectors in gene therapy, including adenovirus, lentivirus, retrovirus, and adeno-associated virus (AAV). All platforms have their own advantages over one of the others. The recent successes with AAV and lentivirus give these vectors a boost in development. In combination with the fact that they are well studied, might make them the frontrunner for some therapeutic applications. Our Technical Lead, Kai Touw, has been interviewed by BioPharm International to discuss the potential and challenges of viral vector production for gene therapy.

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New Head of BD: Ron van Eijsden

With Ron van Eijsden heading the Sales and Business Development team, Batavia expands its Management Team and reinforces its sales activities to support the ambitious expansion plans.

In 2021, Batavia successfully doubled its viral vector process development capacities in Woburn, MA, USA. This year, Batavia will double its infrastructure in Leiden, the Netherlands, to support the growing demand for process development and analytical capabilities in pursuit of viral vaccines and viral vector-based products. As part of its ambition, Batavia also started preparations to build a clinical and commercial manufacturing facility in Leiden, to support its clients. With these expansions, Batavia will offer end-to-end development and manufacturing support to its customers thus living up to its vision in helping to reduce human suffering from infectious diseases and cancer.

Ron van Eijsden commented: “I am excited to be part of the Center of Excellence CDMO Batavia and working to improve the affordability and availability of innovative and life-saving biopharmaceuticals. We work for some of the most exciting biopharma companies, academia, charity organizations and governmental organizations at the forefront of biopharmaceutical development. In my role as head of Business Development I can seamlessly combine my passion for networking and business development whilst making an impact on Global Health and bringing medicines to patients faster. I like that, at Batavia, it is not only about executing what our customers ask for, but about being a thought partner in designing the most optimal development roadmap”.

Ron has a PhD in molecular biology and an extensive career in business development within the red biotech industry. Prior to joining Batavia, Ron has worked in a variety of senior roles in various biopharmaceutical and biotech companies, including DCPrime, Pepscope, HAL Allergy, Catalyst Clinical Research, Linical Accelovance and Medelis Europe.

Increased Capacity in The Netherlands

Leiden, The Netherlands,  June 14, 2022 – Today, Batavia Biosciences announces the expansion of its headquarters and R&D capacities in the Netherlands. The infrastructure increases capacity with another 22,500 sq. ft., firmly demonstrating the company’s commitment to act as pacemakers within the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical market.

The expansion allows the company to increase its R&D activities for viral vector-based product development including Lentivirus, AAV, Adenovirus, and Measles virus vectors. In addition, the increased R&D infrastructure helps to meet increased global demand for vaccine development, be it live-attenuated, whole killed, vectored, or subunit vaccines. The expansion will be finalized by June 2023.

Menzo Havenga, CEO of Batavia Biosciences, states, “At Batavia, we are reminded daily of the urgency of bringing medicines to patients in need. With this infrastructure expansion, our contribution of award-winning process development and clinical manufacturing of vaccines and vector-based products can continue its ascent to new heights. No doubt this will further enable us getting the necessary medicines and therapies into the patients’ hands faster and make them more affordable.”

Chris Yallop, CSO at Batavia Biosciences, adds, “The new laboratory floor space for R&D and analytical capabilities will aid the development capacity for customer projects. The increased allocation for R&D capacity better positions Batavia Biosciences to serve as pacemakers to the community and to continue to bring promising candidate biopharmaceuticals from bench to clinic.”

Low-cost viral vector manufacturing

High-throughput screening for viral vectors

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Thermostable viral envelope protein formulation

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