CRISPR Therapeutics Announces the Build-Out of New Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility
-State-of-the-art facility to be located in Framingham, Massachusetts-
-New facility intended to support clinical and commercial production of investigational cell therapies-
ZUG, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, today announced that it is building a new cell therapy manufacturing facility in Framingham, Massachusetts for clinical and commercial production of the Company’s investigational cell therapy product candidates.
“We look forward to building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which will accelerate our programs and allow us to scale for commercial supply. We are thankful for the support from the City of Framingham and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and we look forward to bringing our facility online rapidly,” said Samarth Kulkarni, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of CRISPR Therapeutics. “In addition to building out this internal manufacturing capacity, we will continue to work closely with our key manufacturing partners globally."
As the facility becomes fully operational, the Company expects to hire up to approximately 100 full-time employees. The new facility is being designed to provide GMP manufacturing according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) regulations and guidelines to support clinical supply and commercial product upon potential regulatory approval.
About CRISPR Therapeutics
CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene editing company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR/Cas9 platform. CRISPR/Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing technology that allows for precise, directed changes to genomic DNA. CRISPR Therapeutics has established a portfolio of therapeutic programs across a broad range of disease areas including hemoglobinopathies, oncology, regenerative medicine and rare diseases. To accelerate and expand its efforts, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic collaborations with leading companies including Bayer AG, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and ViaCyte, Inc. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc., and R&D operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and business offices in London, United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.crisprtx.com.
CRISPR Therapeutics Forward-Looking Statement
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