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FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific Launches HEK293 Feed, Specifically Designed for Viral Vector Production

Chemically defined, BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed enhances viral vector production for gene therapy applications and viral vector-based vaccines

January 10, 2023

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc., a world leader in the development and manufacture of serum-free and chemically defined cell culture media for bioproduction and cell therapy manufacturing, today announced the launch of its BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed. The chemically defined, nutrient-based HEK293-specific feed medium is designed to boost adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) production for gene therapy applications and viral vector-based vaccines.

Numerous gene therapies have received FDA approval and as more viral vector-based vaccines and gene therapies move into commercialization, the demand for large-scale, efficient viral vector manufacturing is increasing. For manufacturers, it is imperative to boost viral vector production to meet supply demands for vaccine and gene therapy manufacture. BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed is optimized to deliver high titers and improve viral packaging efficiency by up to 67% compared to basal control without viral-specific feed for increased production efficiency. It is chemically defined and formulated to deliver consistent performance while increasing viral vector production in HEK293 cells grown in suspension and at scale.

"Viral vector manufacturing must evolve rapidly to support increased numbers of gene therapies and viral vector-based vaccines being developed and commercialized. We developed BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed specifically to increase yields and help manufacturers maximize production, and lower cost of goods related to viral vector-based drug programs," said Erik Vaessen, chief business officer, FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific.

BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed is GMP manufactured using raw materials sourced using a strict raw material and supply chain program to ensure continuity of supply and lot-to-lot reliability for HEK293-specific applications. It is available in a 500 mL liquid format (catalog) and made-to-order powder format (or other configuration), and may be used with a wide range of basal growth media.

For more information on the portfolio of BalanCD HEK293 media and supplements visit https://www.irvinesci.com.

BalanCD HEK293 Viral Feed

FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific

FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc. is a global leader in the innovation and manufacture of cell culture solutions for Life Science and Medical markets, providing products and services that assist our customers in advancing healthcare initiatives. Working across discovery research, cell and gene therapy, reproductive medicine and cytogenetics, as well as the large-scale production of biotherapeutics and vaccines, the Company is trusted by researchers, manufacturers, and clinicians. For over 50 years, our Mission has been to set the standard for excellence in our products and custom solutions to enable our customers to advance healthcare. Our facilities adhere to both ISO and FDA regulations, with manufacturing facilities that follow cGMP guidelines in the USA, Japan, and the Netherlands, and a media optimization center in China. All sites prioritize strategies that adhere to the FUJIFILM Sustainability Value Plan 2030 for sustainable growth. FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc. is a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation reporting to FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation.

For more information, please visit: www.irvinesci.com.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, leverages its depth of knowledge and proprietary core technologies to deliver Value from Innovation in our products and services in the business segments of healthcare, materials, business innovation, and imaging. Our relentless pursuit of innovation is focused on providing social value and enhancing the lives of people worldwide. Fujifilm is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information about Fujifilm’s Sustainable Value Plan 2030, click here. For the year ended March 31, 2022, the company had global revenues of approximately 2.5 trillion yen (21 billion $USD at an exchange rate of 122 yen/dollar). For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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