DGAP-News: Biotest AG
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18.02.2021 / 07:00
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Biotest is the first plasma protein manufacturer in Germany to produce an investigational hyperimmunoglobulin preparation against COVID-19 and can provide further production capacities if the treatment is proven safe and effective and authorized for use
Dreieich, 18 February 2021. As part of the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, Biotest is working intensively on a potential medicine against COVID-19 using CCP donated by recovered patients. The goal of the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance is to jointly develop a potential hyperimmunoglobulin against COVID-19 that each member can produce at their manufacturing facilities and subsequently make available following authorization. Plasma donations collected by members of the Alliance are pooled, concentrated and purified to make a medicine with high levels of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, if proven safe and effective in a clinical trial, which has just completed enrolment. Biotest has many decades of experience as a specialist in manufacturing hyperimmunoglobulins from blood plasma. This technology has now also been used to manufacture a potential hyperimmunoglobulin preparation against COVID-19.
As part of the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, Biotest has now achieved an important milestone. At the Dreieich site in Germany, the first batch of a hyperimmunoglobulin with a high content of neutralising antibodies against COVID-19 has been successfully produced at scale. The plasma donations as the raw material for production were collected in Europe and in the US by the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance partners. Biotest, and other members, can provide further production capacities if the product is authorized and there remains patient need at that time.
The first hyperimmunoglobulin preparations from the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance are already undergoing clinical trials coordinated by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Patient enrolment in the trial has now completed. On the basis of this cross-company clinical development, Biotest is aiming to obtain approval for its hyperimmunoglobulin, which is based on Biotest’s established hyperimmunoglobulin technology.
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Biotest AG, Landsteinerstr. 5, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, www.biotest.com
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