WuXi Biologics' Subsidiary WuXi Vaccines Signed Long-Term Vaccine Manufacturing Contract with a Global Vaccine Leader
Shanghai: WuXi Biologics a leading global open-access biologics technology platform company offering end-to-end solutions for biologics discovery, development and manufacturing, announced that WuXi Vaccines, its joint venture with Shanghai Hile Biotechnology, has entered into a strategic partnership with a global vaccine leader and signed a 20-year vaccine manufacturing contract valued approximately $3 billion USD, pursuant to which WuXi Vaccines will build a dedicated facility and supply a commercial vaccine products for the global market.
Per the contract signed, WuXi Vaccines will build an integrated vaccine manufacturing facility including drug substance manufacturing (DS), drug product manufacturing (DP), Manufacture Science and Technology Labs (MS&T) as well as Quality Control labs (QC). The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing one of its partner's vaccine products for the global market. The new facility is expected to be operational in 2022.
In Nov 2019, WuXi Vaccines announced 240 million USD investment to build the new vaccine manufacturing facility in Ireland. The facility is located within the WuXi Biologics Campus adjacent to the "Factory of the Future" biologics drug substance manufacturing facility which is scheduled for commercial manufacturing in 2021.
WuXi Vaccines is a joint venture company established between WuXi Biologics and Shanghai Hile Biotechnology (stock code: 603718.SH). The business model of WuXi Vaccines is to build world-class integrated platforms and CDMO model to enable global companies to develop and manufacture vaccines.
"This is a historic moment for WuXi Biologics and WuXi Vaccines as well as for the global vaccine industry. Due to process complexity, extensive analytic testing and rigorous regulatory standards, vaccines are difficult to manufacture and process and quality control are extremely critical for the quality of the product. This partnership with a global vaccine leader to exclusively manufacture a vaccine for the global market, first of its kind in the industry, is a further testimony to the technical strengths and premier quality demonstrated by WuXi Vaccines," commented Dr Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics and Chairman of WuXi Vaccines, "Vaccine CDMO is one of the next growth areas for WuXi Biologics. Once this project is initiated, our vaccine business will contribute substantially to the growth of WuXi Biologics. WuXi Biologics together with WuXi Vaccines will continue to provide our global partners with a robust and premier-quality supply chain network to produce high-quality biologic and vaccine products to benefit patients worldwide and to protect human being globally, initially with therapeutic proteins and now with vaccines."