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Fina Biosolutions Announces New Patent for Conjugate Vaccine Development

Proprietary method of producing CRM197 will be used to develop affordable vaccines for children and adults in developing nations

Rockville, MD., September 27, 2018–Fina Biosolutions announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for expression and purification of the conjugate vaccine protein CRM197in E.coli. CRM197is a key component of many vaccine formulations utilized worldwide.

“Our goal is to reduce the vaccine cost barrier and grant people in need access to life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Andrew Lees, Founder and CEO of Fina Biosolutions. “We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that we succeeded in creating a needed vaccine protein, CRM197,in an efficient and more cost-effective way. Our proprietary method of production will help people around the world protect themselves, their children and their loved ones from pneumonia, meningitis and more.”

Prior to Fina Biosolutions’ new method of production, the CRM197 protein was manufactured by Corynebacterium diphtheriaeat low yields or was available commercially at high cost. Limited access to the protein hindered vaccine development and increased vaccine production costs considerably, especially for emerging market manufacturers. The recently-granted patent is for Fina Biosolutions’ revolutionary new method of CRM197expression, which produces the protein at very high yields without the need for Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The CRM197 manufactured by this method is soluble, properly-folded and expressed in the cytoplasm of E. coli, a bacterium commonly used in biotechnology.

With this invention, low-cost production of a valuable vaccine component is now possible and opens the door to manufacturing conjugate vaccines at lower costs. Corresponding applications have been filed and are issued or pending in many other countries. The issuance of the United States patent 10,093,704 closely follows the allowances of corresponding applications in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Fina Biosolutions markets CRM197under the tradename EcoCRM®, for E. coli CRM197. The protein has been evaluated extensively in preclinical studies, including vaccines for infectious diseases, cancer, addiction treatment and Alzheimer’s.  EcoCRM® is available for licensing.


About CRM197

Many vaccine components do not induce an immune response unless linked (conjugated) to a protein, such as CRM197. CRM197 is a widely used component of conjugate vaccines, including the world’s best-selling vaccine, Prevnar13 (Pfizer’s pneumococcal vaccine). CRM197is also a component of vaccines for Haemophilus influenzaeb, meningococcal and many vaccines in development.  CRM197 is a genetically detoxified diphtheria toxin. 

About Fina Biosolutions

Fina Biosolutions is a privately-owned R&D biotechnology company located in Rockville, MD.  The company provides laboratory services and technology in the field of conjugate vaccines.  Chemistry developed by Fina Biosolutions scientists is used in GlaxoSmithKline’s pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Pfizer’s meningococcal conjugate vaccine and others. Fina Biosolutions and scientists collectively hold fourteen patents in the field of conjugate vaccines, with several currently used in some of the most important vaccines on the market today.


Dr. Andrew Lees

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