SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tenaya Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNYA), a biotechnology company with a mission to discover, develop and deliver curative therapies that address the underlying causes of heart disease, today announced that it has completed the build-out and operational launch of its Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center in Union City, California. Tenaya is advancing a pipeline of therapeutic candidates, including several adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapies, for the potential treatment of both rare and prevalent forms of heart disease.
“Tenaya made an early, strategic commitment to internalize several core capabilities to optimize the safety, efficacy, and supply of our product candidates on behalf of patients. With today’s announcement we have made a big leap forward on that commitment by establishing end-to-end in-house manufacturing capabilities for our pipeline of AAV-based gene therapies,” said Faraz Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Tenaya. “The operational launch of Tenaya’s Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center represents an important milestone as we prepare to advance our robust pipeline of potentially first-in-class cardiovascular therapies into initial clinical studies.”
Tenaya’s Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center is designed to meet regulatory requirements for production of AAV gene therapies from discovery through commercialization under Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards. Initial production efforts will support first-in-human studies of Tenaya’s lead gene therapy, TN-201. TN-201 is being developed for the treatment of genetic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) due to MYBPC3 gene mutations. Tenaya plans to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for TN-201 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the second half of this year. The facility will also support cGMP production for TN-401, Tenaya’s gene therapy program being developed for the treatment of genetic arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) due to PKP2 gene mutations, for which the company plans to submit an IND to the FDA in 2023.
“The investment in our own world-class manufacturing facility provides Tenaya with greater control over product attributes, quality, production timelines and costs, which we believe will ultimately translate into better treatments for patients,” said Kee-Hong Kim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer of Tenaya Therapeutics. “Tenaya’s Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center complements our established internal genetic engineering and drug discovery capabilities and is designed to meet our near- and long-term needs such that we can readily scale and expand as our pipeline matures and evolves.”
Tenaya completed customization of approximately half of the 94,000 square foot facility to incorporate manufacturing suites and labs, office space and storage. Utilizing a modular design, the state-of-the-art facility is now fully operational with initial capacity to produce AAV-based gene therapies at the 1000L scale, utilizing Tenaya’s proprietary baculovirus-based production platform and suspension Sf9 cell culture system. The excess space and modular design of the Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center is intended to provide Tenaya with considerable flexibility to expand manufacturing capacity by increasing both the number and the scale of bioreactors to meet future clinical and commercial production needs.
The Union City location, approximately 30 miles from Tenaya’s South San Francisco headquarters, is expected to enable the seamless transition of Tenaya’s science from early research through commercial manufacturing. The selection of this location is intended to foster a culture of close collaboration across teams at all stages of developing and testing novel AAV capsids, de-risk the translation from research to process development and create opportunities for improvements in production processes. The Genetic Medicines Manufacturing Center is staffed by a growing in-house team with expertise in all aspects of gene therapy manufacture, including process development, analytical development, quality assurance and quality control.
About Tenaya Therapeutics
Tenaya Therapeutics is a biotechnology company committed to a bold mission: to discover, develop and deliver curative therapies that address the underlying drivers of heart disease. Founded by leading cardiovascular scientists from Gladstone Institutes and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Tenaya is developing therapies for rare genetic cardiovascular disorders, as well as for more prevalent heart conditions, through three distinct but interrelated product platforms: Gene Therapy, Cellular Regeneration and Precision Medicine. For more information, visit www.tenayatherapeutics.com.
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