Customized Glycoengineering in Plant-Based Expression Systems

The past few years have seen an explosion in interest in immuno-oncology approaches that leverage monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as therapeutics for a range of cancers. These therapies take ...


Exploring Plant-Based Bioreactors for Developing COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccines

Biologics company iBio, is focused on developing therapeutics and vaccines using a novel plant-based system. It recently announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Planet Biotech to develop ...


The Advantages of Implementing Plant-Based Vaccines

Accelerated development of vaccines is essential to public health and pandemic preparedness, both for the current COVID-19 pandemic and future threats. iBio is developing multiple vaccine ...


iBio’s FastPharming® Platform Produces Decoy Therapeutic to Bind to SARS-CoV-2

iBio, Inc. is developing a decoy molecule as a therapeutic against SARS-CoV-2. Recently licensed from Planet Biotechnology, the candidate is a recombinant protein made from human angiotensin ...


Applying Rapid Countermeasure Preparedness to Development of a Novel COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe is pushing innovation to the cutting edge throughout the biopharma industry. More rapid development of novel diagnostics, therapeutics, and ...


Fast-Farming Pharma: How plants could speed up vaccine manufacture to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

At the start of April 2020, the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases was rapidly approaching 1.5 million; the death toll: over 80,000. And these numbers will likely have changed ...


Rapid Delivery of Medical Countermeasures Amid Pandemic

Immeasurable efforts are underway to develop treatments and vaccines to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous discovery methods and technologies are currently being explored in clinical trials ...


Building Therapeutic Proteins through Plant Glycosylation: A Sweet Solution

N-Glycosylation is a critical component of many protein-based therapeutics, required for appropriate stability, immunogenicity, and pharmacokinetics. In addition, it is essential for key ...


iBio’s transformation driven by FastPharming System, 3D bioprinting materials and proprietary therapeutics

iBio (NYSE American:IBIO) is continuing its transition from a licensing business to a manufacturing services provider and developer of proprietary biologics. Central to the initiative is a new ...


Facilitating 3D Organ Printing with Plant-Based BioInks

There is a chronic shortage of organs available for transplant.  Bioprinted organs could dramatically increase accessibility to all patients in need of transplants.  Some simpler biofabricated ...


Successfully Addressing the Challenges of Glycosylation

Post-translational modification is a critical step in the synthesis of biotherapeutic molecules. Among these alterations to the original naked protein, glycosylation may be the most significant ...


Reducing Fill-Finish Wait Times

iBio has expanded its CDMO service offerings to include independent sterile liquid cGMP fill-finish services to support the preclinical and clinical trial needs of drug developers. This new ...


The Advantage of Plant-based Expression Solutions Around the Globe

iBio offers development and manufacturing services for biologic drug substances and drug products, built around our proprietary plant-based platform technology. Client support is offered from ...


Plant-Based Protein Expression for Rapid, Green Bioprocessing

Mammalian cell culture is widely used for biologic drug substance production, but the high cost and long development times pose challenges to the implementation of this technology in many parts ...


Divine Outsourcing Model for Biotechs

Imagine you work at a virtual biopharma with a highly specialized biopharmaceutical ready for advanced development. You contact the one CDMO that you’ve been told undoubtedly has the most ...


Build Biologics Not Barriers

The current trade conflict between the world's biggest economies — the United States and China — has resulted in both countries imposing billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on each other’s ...


CMOs on Fire

Recently, contract manufacturers have taken the conventional definition of outsourcing, and set it on fire. Traditionally, CMOs provided capacity reservoirs for pharma companies to tap as ...


CDMO Outsourcing Trends

Outsourcing to Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs) has been on the rise, driven by increasingly complex drug candidates and the expertise they require, and now, ...


In Vivo Glycan Engineering Via the Mannosidase I Inhibitor (Kifunenesine) Improves Efficacy of Rituximab Manufacture in Nicotiana benthamiana Plants

Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) represent the fastest growing class of therapeutics [1,2] and have been especially beneficial in the treatment of cancer [3]. Since the approval of the first ...


Plant Derived Rituximab? iBio Inks "Green" Bioreactor Tech Deal in China

According to the agreement, Delaware, US-based iBio will provide process development and manufacturing services at its Texas facility, and will assist CC-Pharming in preparing a site for ...


Plant-Made E2 Glycoprotein Single-Dose Vaccine Protects Pigs against Classical Swine Fever

Introduction Classical Swine Fever (CSF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease affecting pigs. CSF outbreaks have caused substantial economic damages to the swine industry worldwide, ...


Implementation of Glycan Remodeling to Plant-Made Therapeutic Antibodies

Introduction Therapeutic glycoproteins represent a predominant disease treatment category among biopharmaceuticals approved or in clinical development. N-linked glycosylation is a very important ...


AzarGen Biotechnologies Granted European Patent for Plant-Made Production of Recombinant Human Surfactant Protein-B

AzarGen Biotechnologies (Pty) Ltd (Stellenbosch, South Africa), announced that it has received grant status for the patent application: PRODUCTION OF HUMAN PULMONARY SURFACTANT PROTEIN-B IN ...


U.S. Patent Granted to AzarGen Biotechnologies for Synthetic Promoter Technology

AzarGen Biotechnologies (Pty) Ltd (Stellenbosch, South Africa) announced that it has received grant status for the patent application: SYNTHETIC PROMOTER CONSTRUCT FOR TRANSGENE EXPRESSION ...


AzarGen's Case for a Commercial Plant-Made Pharmaceutical Facility in South Africa

AzarGen Biotechnologies, South Africa’s only private plant-based biopharmaceutical company, is imagining a world-class commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility for South Africa.


Planting the Seed for Speed

You probably won’t find a lot of presidents of successful contract manufacturing organizations gleefully operating the forklift inside the manufacturing plant, but Barry Holtz is no ordinary ...


Techno-Economic Analysis of a Transient Plant-Based Platform for Monoclonal Antibody Production

Introduction Since the commercialization of the first therapeutic monoclonal antibody (mAb) in 1986, this class of biopharmaceutical products has grown exponentially. As of November 2014, ...


Commercial-Scale Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Facility for Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals

Introduction In recent years, the plant‐made pharmaceutical (PMP) community has made significant progress in bringing therapeutics to the clinic: Elelyso™ (Pastores et al., 2014; ...


iBio Appoints Dr. Martin B. Brenner as Chief Scientific Officer

BRYAN, Texas, Dec. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iBio, Inc. (NYSEA:IBIO) (“iBio” or the “Company”), a biotech innovator and biologics contract manufacturing organization, today announced the ...


Why FastPharming ?

FastPharming overcomes issues presented by mammalian expression systems:

  • Speed: Avoids lengthy clone selection and MCB establishment processes by "transfecting at scale"
  • Scale-up: Simple & easy - just plant more plants
  • Sustainability:  Truly "green" manufacturing - no plastic waste when a plant is the "single-use bioreactor"
  • Safety:  Reduced risk of viral contamination
  • Quality:  Accessible, flexible glycosylation controls
  • Cost:  Lower facility CapEx and OpEx in many cases
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Increased Speed-to-Market

iBio CDMO Services

Process Development

FastPharming optimizes gene-expression, glycosylation, and purification parameters to deliver a robust process for your APIs.

cGMP Manufacturing

The FastPharming system transfects at large-scale to easily and reliably deliver biologics in clinical trial or commercial quantities.

Aseptic Fill/Finish

In-line labelling allows serialization of vials and bottles for greater quality assurance of mAbs, viral vectors, and other biologics.


An experienced analytical staff provides method development and validation support with expertise in protein characterization using mass spectrometry.

Factory Solutions

When the time is right, iBio facilitates insourcing by designing and building your own environmentally sustainable FastPharming facilities.

Technology Applications

The FastPharming platform produces a variety of recombinant products including:

  • Biobetter and biosimilar antibodies
  • Antigens for subunit vaccine design
  • Virus-like particles (VLP)
  • Lysosomal enzymes
  • Blood factors and cytokines
  • Scaffolds, maturogens and materials for 3D Bioprinting and biofabrication

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iBio offers the CDMO capabilities needed to develop and deliver biologics to market - process development, scale-up, cGMP manufacturing, bioanalytical product characterization, aseptic fill/finish, and quality and regulatory support.

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