Internal Manufacturing Capabilities Expected to Support U.S. Pandemic Preparedness
Tonix Pharmaceuticals will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new 45,000 square foot clinical-scale manufacturing facility in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts on June 21, 2022.
The new facility houses Tonix’s Advanced Development Center (ADC) for accelerated research, development and analytical capabilities, as well as the production of clinical trial quality vaccines for infectious diseases, including monkeypox, smallpox and COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases for pandemic preparedness. The ceremony marks the formal opening of the New Bedford site.
U.S. Representative Bill Keating; the mayor of New Bedford, Mass., Jon Mitchell; Seth Lederman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Tonix Pharmaceuticals; and other community members and employees plan to attend the event.
The ADC includes single-use bioreactors and purification suites with equipment for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production of vaccines for clinical trials, including the capability of producing sterile vaccines in glass bottles. The ADC is Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2). At full capacity, the facility can employ up to 70 researchers, scientists, manufacturing and technical support staff.
“The ADC greatly enhances our ability to progress our pipeline of vaccines for infectious diseases, including monkeypox, smallpox and COVID-19. We believe that the recombinant pox virus platform technology underlying our key vaccines in development, TNX-801, TNX-1840 and TNX-1850, coupled with our capabilities at the Tonix R&D Center for research and development, will be rapidly deployable for addressing potential novel or emerging pathogens, with simplified distribution and administration, relative to modified mRNA-based vaccines,” said Dr. Seth Leiderman, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of Tonix. “Our goal is to be able to design and test new recombinant pox virus vaccines against novel pathogens within the 100 days of recognition of a potential emerging pandemic threat, consistent with the criteria set forth by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. With high quality people, systems and processes, we intend to be a center of excellence for vaccine development.”
The facility is located in the New Bedford Business Park in a section of the park that is located in the Town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Source: Tonix Pharmaceuticals