CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American and TASE: LCTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing allogeneic cell therapies for unmet medical needs, announced today the opening of a new research and development (R&D) facility in Carlsbad, California, and the expansion of its Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) manufacturing facility based in Jerusalem, Israel. Lineage’s new Carlsbad facility will broaden the Company’s R&D capabilities in the U.S. and support the development of current and future allogeneic cell transplant programs. The expansion of Lineage’s Israel-based facility will increase the Company’s infrastructure, including development and optimization of larger-scale clinical manufacturing processes, and continued execution under its ongoing collaboration with Roche and Genentech for RG6501 (OpRegen®), a retinal pigment epithelium cell replacement therapy which has completed enrollment in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for the treatment of geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
“We have elected to increase our R&D footprint at our existing GMP manufacturing facility and establish a new R&D facility in Carlsbad, California,” stated Brian M. Culley, Lineage CEO. “These steps will permit us to expand our process development and analytical testing capabilities and conduct exploratory work on future programs, whether owned by us or our current or future partners. This move also is expected to reduce our reliance on certain vendors, which may reduce costs and risks of timeline uncertainty or supply chain disruption. The additional capacity also can help us become an even more capable partner in prospective alliances for new products and allow us to explore additional uses for our current cell transplant programs.”
Mr. Culley added, “Challenges in the biotech sector are unlikely to persist indefinitely. We believe it is important to take steps, even in this environment, to be positioned for a future recovery. The modest investments we are making today, partially offset by the termination of the lease for our research facility in Alameda, California in January of next year, will help centralize our operations and put us in a position of greater readiness for future success.”
About Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
Lineage Cell Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel cell therapies for unmet medical needs. Lineage’s programs are based on its robust proprietary cell-based therapy platform and associated in-house development and manufacturing capabilities. With this platform Lineage develops and manufactures specialized, terminally differentiated human cells from its pluripotent and progenitor cell starting materials. These differentiated cells are developed to either replace or support cells that are dysfunctional or absent due to degenerative disease or traumatic injury or administered as a means of helping the body mount an effective immune response to cancer. Lineage’s clinical programs are in markets with billion dollar opportunities and include five allogeneic (“off-the-shelf”) product candidates: (i) OpRegen, a retinal pigment epithelial cell therapy in development for the treatment of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration, is being developed under a worldwide collaboration with Roche and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; (ii) OPC1, an oligodendrocyte progenitor cell therapy in Phase 1/2a development for the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries; (iii) VAC2, a dendritic cell therapy produced from Lineage’s VAC technology platform for immuno-oncology and infectious disease, currently in Phase 1 clinical development for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer; (iv) ANP1, an auditory neuronal progenitor cell therapy for the potential treatment of auditory neuropathy; and (v) PNC1, a photoreceptor neural cell therapy for the treatment of vision loss due to photoreceptor dysfunction or damage. For more information, please visit www.lineagecell.com or follow the company on Twitter @LineageCell.
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