Oxford Genetics announces adeno-associated virus collaboration with MeiraGTx

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Oxford Genetics, a leader in innovative synthetic biology-based technologies for biologics discovery, development and delivery, has established a new agreement with clinical-stage gene therapy company, MeiraGTx.

The collaboration will enable Oxford Genetics and MeiraGTx to develop novel adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, as well as packaging and producer cell lines. The companies aim to create a fully scalable AAV production system that can satisfy the requirements for increased viral vector yields, process robustness and product efficacy.

Dr Ryan Cawood, CEO at Oxford Genetics, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the MeiraGTx team on such an exciting project, which will take us another step forward in our vision to deliver breakthrough technologies to the biotherapeutic industry.

“By creating advanced AAV production systems we aim to power the expansion of gene therapy as it moves towards addressing the more common disease indications that present technologies cannot satisfy.”

Dr Paul Brooks, CCO at Oxford Genetics, added: “The agreement further demonstrates that our business model for early access to our technologies is resonating with the biotherapeutic industry. Through such partnerships we will ultimately deliver real benefits to patients by helping our partners reduce therapeutic development time and achieving earlier market approval.”

Dr Alexandria Forbes, President and CEO of MeiraGTx, said: “We are very excited to begin this collaboration with Oxford Genetics. It’s one of many vital steps that we are taking to meet the demand for a broadening range of gene therapies. We hope that our approach will lead to quicker development of effective new therapies for patients.”

As part of the agreement, MeiraGTx gains exclusive, worldwide research and manufacturing rights to novel serotype specific AAV vectors, along with associated packaging and producer cell lines.

About Oxford Genetics

Oxford Genetics, headquartered in Oxford, UK, is a leading synthetic biology company dedicated to the creation of synthetic biology-based technologies to aid in the discovery and development of biologics, cell and gene therapies.

About MeiraGTx
MeiraGTx is committed to the development of novel gene therapies to transform the lives of patients suffering from acquired and inherited disorders. The company is developing treatments for ocular diseases, including rare inherited blindness and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). MeiraGTx is also establishing treatments for xerostomia, a frequent and debilitating side effect of radiation treatment used in head and neck cancers, as well as certain neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, MeiraGTx is developing novel gene regulation platforms that promise to transform the way gene therapy can be applied and create new paradigms for biologic therapeutics.