Samsung Biologics to Partner with GSK on Manufacturing Potential COVID-19 Treatment
With the world impacted by the pandemic, the goal to bring medical alternatives to market first is now the utmost priority for many pharmaceutical companies. In support of finding these solutions, Samsung Biologics has signed a contract manufacturing agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to produce neutralizing antibodies for COVID-19.
In April, GSK invested $250 million in the research of Vir Biotechnology to create a collaborative COVID-19 antibody treatment. With no approved treatment currently on the market, the collaborative efforts are looking at antibodies of recovered patients to see how they can help new patients recover. This is different than plasma therapy with antibodies because Vir is selecting key antibodies from the plasma to establish a process easier to administer on a large scale, making it more efficient to reach a global market. Samsung Biologics looks to help speed up that solution by offering its manufacturing service to GSK
The boost of outsourcing contracts that Samsung Biologics has gained during the COVID-19 pandemic can be largely chalked up to their unwavering drive towards quality and innovation. The company prides itself on offering a wide range of services, so clients need fewer jumps in their production and testing process.
Samsung Biologics also recently announced plans for a fourth plant expansion—estimated to invest around 2 billion USD—which will maximize operational efficiency, scale up its development and manufacturing capabilities, and through a second bio complex, foster biotech companies with an Open Innovation Center and global R&D facility.
In a time where resilient supply chains and pharmaceutical solutions are desperately needed, Samsung Biologics is filling the gap. Clients can use the large capacity and proven regulatory track record to place their products in good hands for a faster-to-market turnaround. The company also works to cut excess production time and create a development process that works best for the client. The goal is to get quality products into the hands of the patients that desperately need them.
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