Pepscan doubles GMP peptide production capacity

The Holland-based peptide CDMO has also strengthened QMS and process documentation

The new expansion at the Pepscan facility

Pepscan has announced that its GMP production capacity has doubled. The doubled production capacity enables the Holland-based peptide CDMO to guarantee short production timelines.

The expansion also gives clients the benefit of collaborating with a single expert partner on the way from R&D to the clinic, resulting in maximum efficiency while also saving time. Specifically, researchers active in personalised peptide medicine, where both timelines and flexibility are key, will benefit from these new developments.

Hans de Backer, CEO of Pepscan, explained: "Earlier this year, we started producing GMP peptides for clinical studies phases 1 and 2, which made it possible to provide peptides for purposes beyond R&D: directly for the benefit of patients. Our new production line, consisting of a new synthesiser, a preparative HPLC and lyophiliser in our cleanroom, and the strengthened QMS and process documentation that were put in place for this, have proven to facilitate the efficient execution of the process. Using this proven concept, we have now doubled the complete production line."

Current production includes both therapeutic peptide projects as well as personalised peptide medicine projects (e.g. neoantigen vaccines).

"Given our role in the field of personalised medicine, short and reliable delivery times are crucial," added Hanne Kho, Chief Operations Officer of Pepscan. "This demands a set of rigorous processes and a certain level of flexibility that we, together with outstanding product quality, are able to deliver. I'm very proud that the recent GMP customer audits that were conducted have confirmed this."

De Backer continued: "Doubling our GMP production capacity is a major milestone that transforms our newly developed GMP capabilities into a solid pillar of our peptide services portfolio."