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Sartorius to acquire Polyplus

By Rachel Arthur

Life science group Sartorius will acquire French company Polyplus for around €2.4bn ($2.6bn).

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BioNTech acquires GMP manufacturing site in Singapore

By Rachel Arthur

BioNTech will create an mRNA facility in Singapore through the acquisition of a Novartis site: which will become its Regional Headquarters and production center for the Asia Pacific region.

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WuXi Biologics to build CRDMO center in Singapore

By Rachel Arthur

CDMO WuXi Biologics will invest $1.4bn in a 10 year investment plan to expand its research, development, and large-scale drug substance and drug product manufacturing capacity and capabilities in Singapore.

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Vertex to acquire ViaCyte, targeting type 1 diabetes

By Rachel Arthur

Vertex Pharmaceuticals will acquire ViaCyte, a privately held biotech focused on delivering novel stem cell-derived cell replacement therapies as a functional cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D), for $320m.

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Matica Bio opens new Texas cell and gene therapy facility

By Rachel Arthur

CDMO Matica Bio has opened a new 45,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the production of viral vectors and cell-based products used in cell and gene therapies, vaccines, oncolytic therapies and other genetic medicines.

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Sphere Fluidics closes $40m funding round

By Jane Byrne

Sphere Fluidics, a UK company that has developed and is commercializing single cell analysis systems underpinned by its picodroplet technology, has just closed a US$40m investment round.

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Special Edition: Meeting demand for viral vectors

VIVEbiotech looks to overcome challenges related to LVV production

By Jane Byrne

VIVEbiotech, a lentivirus-specialized contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that produces vectors for projects from early-stage to GMP production, is working on enhancing intrinsic lentivirus characteristics and streamlining the process....