Avid, Humanigen Enter Lenzilumab Mfg. Agreement

By Kristin Brooks | 02.03.21

To expand production capacity for lenzilumab, Humanigen’s therapeutic candidate in development to treat cytokine storm associated with COVID-19.

Avid Bioservices, Inc. and Humanigen, Inc. have entered into a manufacturing services agreement to expand production capacity for lenzilumab, Humanigen’s therapeutic candidate in development for COVID-19. Lenzilumab is an anti-human granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) monoclonal antibody designed to prevent and treat the immune hyper-response, cytokine storm, associated with COVID-19. Humanigen completed enrollment of its 520 patient Phase 3 trial of lenzilumab in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
 
Under the cGMP agreement, Avid will initiate technical transfer and analytical validation activities for lenzilumab with the goal of delivering cGMP drug substance batches to support Humanigen’s regulatory and potential commercial activities. This collaboration enhances commercial production efforts for lenzilumab in advance of potential filings for emergency use authorization (EUA) and subsequent Biologics License Application (BLA) later this year.
 
“Having recently completed enrollment in our Phase 3 clinical trial of lenzilumab, we are also focusing on scalable manufacturing capacity to help ensure access in advance of a potential EUA filing,” said Cameron Durrant, MD, MBA, chief executive officer of Humanigen.
 
“At Avid, we are proud to play our part in these important efforts,” said Timothy Compton, chief commercial officer of Avid. “Lenzilumab is an exciting COVID-19 therapeutic candidate and the type of complex biologic for which Avid possesses decades of manufacturing success.  We are pleased to be trusted by Humanigen to provide the critical CDMO services that will be essential for achieving the company’s regulatory and commercialization goals for lenzilumab.”