Tenboron and Biovian sign manufacturing agreement for cancer therapy

The agreement covers technical transfer, analytical method validation and GMP manufacturing of boron carriers at Biovian’s facility in Turku, Finland

Tenboron, developer of a novel boron carrier for use in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), has selected Biovian as a CDMO partner for GMP manufacturing of their drug candidate for phase I clinical studies. The next generation boron carrier is designed to improve biochemically targeted radiation therapy of locally invasive malignant tumors, including head and neck cancers.

The agreement covers technical transfer, analytical method validation and GMP manufacturing of boron carriers at Biovian’s facility in Turku, Finland. Aseptic filling and stability studies are also covered under the service agreement.

Tenboron’s boron carrier chemically links boron atoms (isotope-10B) to an antibody targeting unit, which directs the carrier to the cancerous cells. The boron-containing drug is administered directly into the cancerous tumour and is then activated by external neutron radiation. The short-range radiation leads to targeted cancer cell killing precisely at the site of boron accumulation.

BNCT with Tenboron’s boron carrier is hoped to provide advantages over conventional methods of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. The treatment is administered only once, it’s non-invasive and has minimal effect on healthy tissues. Phase I clinical studies are planned to start in the summer of 2022.

Juha Jouhki, CEO of Tenboron: “We are very proud of getting closer to starting human trials with our novel boron carrier-based medicine. Selecting Biovian as a CDMO partner is an important step in reaching that milestone. I am confident that Biovian, which has extensive experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, will help us meet our project goals.”

Knut Ringbom, CEO of Biovian: “We are very pleased that Tenboron has selected us as a partner for GMP manufacturing of their novel molecule. The service agreement that covers production, purification, filling and labeling is a good example of our One-Stop-Shop concept, where multiple services are provided under the same roof.”

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