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HJB, an organization dedicated to expanding global access to important protein therapeutics, today held the grand opening ceremony for its R&D Center and Manufacturing Facility. Around 200 guests including business partners, investors and representatives from pharmaceutical companies were present to witness this historical moment.
Jonathan Y. Zhao, Founder and CEO of HJB, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. He reviewed the progress HJB has made since its establishment, and stressed that “HJB has reached another important milestone. This is a great step towards our mission of expanding global access to biotherapeutics. We will further leverage the 3rd-generation biologics platform to develop and manufacture high quality biologics for patients around the world.”
Over the past two years, HJB has secured a total of USD 67 million in financing from Lilly Asia Ventures, ARCH Venture Partners, Temasek, Taikang, HEDA and other investors, and has grown rapidly. HJB completed the 140,000 sq.ft R&D Center and GMP Manufacturing Facility which will supply the global market with clinical and commercial product.
HJB and G-CON Manufacturing, Inc. today announced that the companies are working together on HJB’s state-of-the-art biologics facility in the Hangzhou Economic & Technology Development Area (HEDA) in China. The cGMP facility is expected to be completed and operational in early 2018.
This will be the first commercial facility for HJB. With cutting-edge technologies and the flexible and rapidly deployable PODs, HJB will be able to reduce time for development and manufacturing cost, while at the same time creates a new standard for bioprocessing industry facilities.
HJB was founded in 2014, dedicated to innovative process and continuous manufacturing of biologics and providing high quality, reliable and efficient CDMO services to partners. In this application PODs will be referred to as T-BLOC, representing the fully equipped processing units capable of running highly intensified bioprocesses.
Maik Jornitz, CEO and President of G-CON Manufacturing, stated, “Our flexible, compact PODular cleanroom systems are becoming an attractive and cost-efficient alternative for the industry, compared to traditional brick and mortar or stick built systems. We very much appreciate the teamwork together pursuing our facility innovation for HJB’s inaugural commercial scale facility. And we look very much forward to continuing the team work to help change the drug manufacturing paradigm.”
HJB’s facility will be in the Hangzhou Economic & Technology Development Area, an area founded in 1993 as one of China's first state level development zones. The HEDA is a international industrial, scientific and manufacturing zone producing a number of high value products including biologic drugs, microelectronics, mobile telecommunications, optical equipment products, automobile products, chemicals and computers.