Biomanufacturing, which involves complex infrastructure and expertise to manufacture and supply new advanced therapies, does not currently exist on a commercial scale in Canada for cell and gene-based technologies or products. Investment and development in this essential subsector of manufacturing will establish the receptor capacity for the growing number of advanced therapies currently in clinical and pre-clinical development in Canada, which would otherwise need to be manufactured outside the country.
This project is one of NGen’s largest investments to date and aims to secure Canada’s global leadership in life sciences by delivering against three core objectives.
Building Domestic Expertise & Manufacturing Capabilities
The project consortium, led by OmniaBio, will develop advanced platform technologies that are focused on automated and closed-system manufacturing, quality management systems, analytics and regulatory compliance.
Project partners ExCellThera, MorphoCell and Aspect Biosystems will deploy resources to advance their respective cell and gene therapy (CGT) programs to proceed to commercial production. Their success, along with the biomanufacturing capabilities and capacity developed in collaboration with OmniaBio, will demonstrate to the world that Canada is an ideal location for successful CGT ventures to be based.
Training Canada’s Future Workforce
Spearheaded by the Canadian Advanced Therapies Training Institute (CATTI), the consortium will develop and scale e-learning and on-site cGMP training programs in Quebec and Ontario that will facilitate an unprecedented capacity in Canada for efficient and rapid upskilling of the workforce for CGT biomanufacturing.
“Canada is becoming a world leader in the life sciences sector, and we’re proud to support projects that build on that success. This new $34 million project will not only solidify Canada’s leadership but also help train more Canadians for these good, well-paying jobs,” said the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Projected to create hundreds of new jobs just in the short term, this new project led by OmniaBio and its consortium partners will make a real difference here at home and around the world.”
“Canada is recognized around the world as a leader in the field of life sciences,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “This investment in critical biomanufacturing infrastructure ensures that we will be able to leverage our strengths in research and technology, build a work-ready talent pipeline, and provide the right conditions for our domestic CGT ventures to scale-up in Canada.”
This project is funded by NGen under Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters Initiative. To date, NGen has approved 166 projects with 374 industry partners, investing $236 million and leveraging $371 million in new R&D investments by industry. NGen investments have created 18 new companies, supported 45 new products and services and generated $1.92 billion in revenue and licensing deals for participating partners.