merger acquisition businessOrchard Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to bringing transformative ex-vivo gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening orphan diseases announces an alliance with PharmaCell BV, a leading contract manufacturing organisation (CMO) for cell and gene therapies and regenerative medicine.

Under the terms of the alliance, PharmaCell will provide GMP-compliant manufacturing services to support clinical trials and commercialisation of Orchard’s ex-vivo autologous gene therapy products.

This agreement represents another important milestone for Orchard’s strategy to establish a global supply chain to deliver ex-vivo autologous gene therapy medicines to patients with devastating genetic diseases.

Stewart Craig, PhD, Orchard’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, commented: “We are delighted to partner with PharmaCell, a world-leading CMO with a proven track record in the manufacture and supply of cell-based products for both clinical trials and commercial markets. We are excited about the prospect for this partnership to accelerate our plans to make medicines available on a global basis.”

Orchard’s clinical development pipeline includes novel treatments for primary immune deficiency disorders and inherited metabolic disorders, including ADA-SCID (adenosine deaminase deficiency severe combined immunodeficiency) and MPS-IIIA (Mucopolysaccharidosis IIIA or Sanfilippo syndrome type A) as well as other indications.

Alexander Vos, Chief Executive Officer of PharmaCell, commented: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Orchard Therapeutics on their groundbreaking development pipeline for severely debilitating genetic disorders.

PharmaCell will bring its extensive resources and experience to bear to support the global commercialisation of these innovative therapies like we have been and are doing for an increasing portfolio of late-stage clinical programmes for leading industry players.”