Moderna Therapeutics launches new manufacturing facility

Moderna Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients, announced the opening of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Norwood, Massachusetts (USA).

The digitally-enabled and environmentally sustainable clinical development manufacturing plant was built to advance Moderna’s pipeline of mRNA-based medicines. Designed to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) specifications, the site gives the company the capacity to develop materials for preclinical toxicology studies as well as Phase 1 and 2 clinical development programs, and to manufacture, test and run fill/finish operations for its portfolio of mRNA development candidates.

Today, Moderna has 21 programs in its mRNA pipeline, including potential treatments for different forms of cancer, rare diseases, infectious diseases and heart failure.

The new site also houses the company’s Personalized Cancer Vaccine (PCV) Unit for individualized supply batches of mRNA for potential personalized cancer vaccines. By making this direct investment in PCV next-generation manufacturing, the company can reduce the time it takes to manufacture a dedicated cancer vaccine for individual patients in clinical trials.

Moderna is a leader in the discovery and development of messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, a new class of medicines that directs the body’s cells to produce intracellular or secreted proteins that can have a therapeutic or preventive benefit for both patients and healthy individuals. Moderna is developing its innovative mRNA medicines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, and cardiovascular diseases, through solely controlled programs and collaborations with partners. Headquartered in Cambridge (USA), privately held Moderna currently has strategic relationships with AstraZeneca, Merck and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.