LabCorp and Covance Launch Extensive Preclinical, Clinical and Post-Approval Cell and Gene Therapy Development Solutions

Specialized Expertise, Coordinated Capabilities and Targeted Investments Designed to Accelerate Development and Reduce Risk for Sponsors

BURLINGTON, N.C.--()--LabCorp® (NYSE:LH), a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, today introduced its focused and coordinated suite of cell and gene therapy development solutions from Covance, its drug development business. These solutions are designed to reduce time and risk for sponsors at each phase and across the full continuum of their therapy development needs in one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.

With more than 20 years of experience in delivering development solutions for advanced therapies, such as cell and gene therapy products, Covance provides a unique offering of specialized expertise and coordinated capabilities, combined with focused investments supporting the preclinical, clinical and post-approval phases of development. By offering a coordinated approach to scientific and program consultation, biomarker and companion diagnostic development, study management, regulatory and commercialization support capabilities, Covance is uniquely positioned to partner with sponsor organizations to address complexity, reduce cost and risk, and effectively accelerate timelines of their novel therapies.

“With approximately one-third of biopharma’s pipeline focused on precision medicines, it becomes even more critical to find innovative ways to help our customers speed these transformational therapies to the patients who need them,” said Paul Kirchgraber, M.D., Covance chief executive officer. “Covance has made ongoing investments in people, processes and technologies targeting cell and gene therapies. We are also growing our capabilities and capacity by forming strategic partnerships and making key acquisitions, such as our purchase in early 2019 of MI Bioresearch, a contract research organization (CRO) specializing in nonclinical oncology testing, with a focus on immunotherapies and adoptive T-cell therapeutic approaches.”

Cell and gene therapies, which fit into the general category of advanced therapy medicinal products, are more complex and specialized than traditional drugs. They can involve correcting or replacing genetic information and engineering the correct functionality of cells or genes for many conditions, including cancer and rare diseases with a genetic basis.

“Covance is uniquely positioned to provide scientific and technical expertise to support the rapid growth in development of cell and gene therapies and the introduction of new regulatory pathways for these products,” said Steve Anderson, Ph.D., Covance chief scientific officer. “Our knowledge and experience from discovery through post-approval are significant, as demonstrated by our support of recent approvals in both cell and gene-based therapies. In the past four years, Covance has conducted more than 300 preclinical studies and more than 40 clinical trials for cell and gene therapies globally.”

Covance Cell and Gene Therapy Solutions




Pharmacology and safety assessment

Biodistribution testing and services

Vector and cell characterization and qualification

Clinical trials, with focused expertise in oncology, rare diseases and specific therapeutic areas

Bioanalysis testing and services

Biomarkers, including companion diagnostics

Central laboratory services

Regulatory and strategic product development consultation, including clinical development and commercialization strategy

Long-term follow-up studies

Real-world evidence


Post-marketing commitments support

Regulatory consulting


About LabCorp

LabCorp (NYSE:LH), an S&P 500 company, is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, providing comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, LabCorp delivers world-class diagnostic solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster, and uses technology to improve the delivery of care. LabCorp reported revenue of more than $11 billion in 2018.

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Investors: Clarissa Willett — 336-436-5076


Media: Sue Maynard — 336-436-8263

Investors: Clarissa Willett — 336-436-5076