Agreement enables Allogene, a pioneer in the development of AlloCAR T™ therapies for cancer, to utilize MaxCyte’s ExPERT™ platform in target candidates
GAITHERSBURG, MD, and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 24, 2020 – MaxCyte, Inc., a global cell-based therapies and life sciences company, and Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer, today announced a clinical and commercial license agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Allogene gains rights to use MaxCyte’s Flow Electroporation® technology and ExPERT™ platform to develop and advance its AlloCAR T™ candidates through to commercialization. In return, MaxCyte will receive undisclosed development, approval and commercial milestones in addition to other licensing fees. The first two Allogene investigational therapies intended to utilize this validated gene editing and advanced proprietary cell manufacturing technology are directed at CD19 and BCMA targets.
MaxCyte’s ExPERT instrument family represents the next generation of leading, clinically validated, electroporation technology for complex and scalable cellular engineering. By delivering high transfection efficiency with enhanced functionality, the ExPERT platform delivers the high-end performance essential to enable the next wave of biological and cellular therapeutics. Allogene intends to deploy the MaxCyte technology to effect the gene editing steps during the production process. The closed system and high efficiency make it an ideal addition for GMP operations.
“MaxCyte’s ExPERT platform has become the industry standard in electroporation technology and allows us to increase efficiency and improve yield, which is a critical component to the value proposition of our AlloCAR T™ therapies,” said Alison Moore, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer of Allogene.
Doug Doerfler, President & CEO of MaxCyte, said: “We’re honored to partner with Allogene to help unlock the full potential of its next-generation allogeneic CAR T therapies through utilization of our Flow Electroporation® technology and ExPERT™ platform.”
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