Cognate BioServices and Nucleus Biologics Announce Partnership in Cell and Gene Therapies

27 Jan 2021
Cognate BioServices and Nucleus Biologics
Cognate BioServices, Inc., the premier commercial-ready global CDMO in the Cell and Gene Therapy industry, and Nucleus Biologics, LLC, The Cell Performance Company™, announced today a partnership for custom and commercial medias and delivery systems for Cell and Gene Therapy clients.

“We’re quite excited to be moving forward with Nucleus,” said J. Kelly Ganjei, Cognate’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am particularly pleased with this collaboration that has come to us from the front lines of product development. Seeing an opportunity to simplify the supply chain, our sales and business development team seized this opportunity. I applaud my team and Nucleus for their creativity and vision in getting this partnership off the ground.”

Nucleus’ AI formulation platform creates an optimized media offering that will allow Cognate’s clients to reduce time in development and towards large scale production. The partnership between Cognate and Nucleus will improve stability, reproducibility and supply-chain integrity for clients by enabling an on-demand supply of proprietary media from clinical to commercial scale. “Nucleus’ approach is a game changer in Cell and Gene Therapy manufacturing,” added Mr. Ganjei.

This partnership will focus on both clinical and commercial clients, especially as Cognate expands its business with both allogeneic and autologous on-demand cell and gene therapies. The Nucleus platform is unique within the cell and gene therapy supply chain and provides a scalable solution to rapidly formulate optimized media and receive custom media lots. This remarkably robust platform will enable Cognate to rapidly implement this technology across its global capacity network.

“We’re eager to get our partnership with Nucleus out to the market,” said Mike Stella, Cognate’s Chief Business Officer. “Nucleus’ product pipeline will improve stability, reproducibility, and reduce time to large-scale production. Critical components like media have been front and center for a while in our industry, but the constraints have been further amplified with COVID. We believe this will become another key differentiator for our business.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Kelly and his team at Cognate,” said David Sheehan, Founder, President and CEO of Nucleus Biologics.  “Cognate understands the industry, the clients’ needs, as well as the urgency with which the industry must create a new paradigm for media. Our approach promotes therapies getting into the clinic quicker, safer and more reliably, with less supply chain risk, and ultimately results in patients getting product more timely.  We are laser focused on building disruptive products, especially as it pertains to the supply chain of advanced therapy developers, and we are excited to have Cognate as a partner.”

About Cognate BioServices, Inc.

Cognate BioServices is the leading CDMO for the development and manufacturing of autologous and allogeneic cell and gene therapy products. We are a dynamic, results-driven, organization focused on providing the broadest range of commercialization services to regenerative medicine, cellular immunotherapy and advance cell therapy companies. Cognate provides a unique combination of custom services to companies across all points of clinical and commercial development specializing in mid to late stage clinical trials and supporting our clients through product scale-up into commercial manufacturing. Cognate applies the knowledge and expertise of its business, scientific and technical teams to successfully develop autologous and allogeneic products across multiple cell-based technology platforms from start to finish.

Cognate’s business and expansion activities are supported by leading shareholder EW Healthcare Partners, as well as Medivate Partners, Blackrock, and a Middle East Sovereign Wealth Fund.

About Nucleus Biologics, LLC.
Nucleus Biologics, The Cell Performance Company, is the leading provider of custom cell-growth media, tools and technologies for cell and gene therapy. Their mission is to speed the time from scientific discovery to cure by delivering innovative, transparent and cGMP products and services with the goal of disrupting the market and eliminating antiquated practices and products. Ultimately, Nucleus Biologics strives to create a new paradigm that serves both scientists and clinicians, while reducing the environmental footprint of cell culture.

For more information, please contact James Wilkerson at [email protected]

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Brad N. Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Brad Taylor has 17 years of experience commercializing products for scientists in both academia and industry before joining Nucleus Biologics. Most recently, Dr. Taylor was the Director of Global Marketing at HemaCare, supporting the needs of the cellular therapy industry. Prior to HemaCare, Dr. Taylor spent 11 years at PerkinElmer supporting in vivo imaging platforms and has held leadership roles in technical support, product management, and marketing. Dr. Taylor holds a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany.