Aldevron, Acuitas Partner to Expand Capabilities in mRNA LNP Encapsulation

Aldevron, a global manufacturer of DNA, RNA, and proteins used in cell and gene therapies and vaccine development, has entered a strategic partnership with Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc., a private biotechnology company specializing in the development of delivery systems for nucleic acid therapeutics based on lipid nanoparticles (LNPs).

This partnership will allow Aldevron to expand its capabilities in mRNA LNP encapsulation by incorporating Acuitas’ proprietary LNP encapsulation platform, increasing Aldevron’s services and capabilities as an mRNA sequence-to-vial custom manufacturer.

Last year, Aldevron announced the expansion of its mRNA production capabilities to include Cytiva’s mRNA LNP encapsulation and aseptic fill-finish platform. This new strategic partnership with Acuitas Therapeutics, working with its encapsulation platform, equips Aldevron with a diverse range of mRNA LNP technologies, significantly enhancing its mRNA end-to-end drug product service capabilities. The partnership will enable Aldevron to support Acuitas’ LNP formulations and licensees.

“This collaboration with Acuitas is an exciting addition to our existing mRNA sequence-to-vial services and will enable Acuitas partners to leverage Aldevron’s extensive mRNA manufacturing experience and comprehensive end-to-end capabilities,” said Mark Wetzel, Vice President mRNA CDMO at Aldevron. “We look forward to our continued partnership that is poised to enhance the landscape of mRNA-based therapies, bringing faster timelines and hope, to patients worldwide.”

“We have long known of Aldevron’s reputation and broad experience in the manufacturing of nucleic acids and their commitment to quality,” said Chris Barbosa, Vice President of Technology Development at Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc. “We are pleased to work with Aldevron to provide Acuitas partners with an integrated path to clinical drug products using Acuitas’ lipid nanoparticle manufacturing processes.”

He added, “We look forward to Aldevron’s contribution to working with us to support our global partners in bringing new mRNA-based therapies to patients as quickly and efficiently as possible.”