Kusatsu/Shiga, Japan — June 21, 2021 – Takara Bio Inc. announces that it has entered into a License and Supply Agreement with BioNTech Cell & Gene Therapies GmbH (“BioNTech”), a BioNTech SE company (www.BioNTech.de), Germany, under which Takara Bio grants BioNTech a commercial license to use applicable patents relating to RetroNectin~{®}. Under this agreement, Takara Bio provides BioNTech with reliable supplies of RetroNectin~{®}.


The patented technologies licensed to BioNTech are based on Takara Bio’s proprietary RetroNectin~{®} method, which includes a technology enabling highly efficient gene transduction to cells by retrovirus/lentivirus vector and expansion of T-cells with high efficiency. With such advantages, RetroNectin~{®} method is one of the mostly used standard protocols utilized for “Engineered T-cell Therapy”, which includes promising TCR and CAR gene therapies recently raising higher expectations.


Under the agreement signed with Takara Bio, BioNTech is allowed to use RetroNectin~{®} for production of its cell & gene therapy products, therapies in which a patient’s T cells are genetically engineered to express a CAR for the treatment of multiple solid tumors.


Takara Bio is promoting supply of RetroNectin~{®} to clinical development of Engineered T-cell Therapy actively pursued worldwide in recent years, and expects higher sales growth in the future.





About Takara Bio Inc.
Takara Bio Inc., a world leader in biotechnology research and development, offers a host of life science research solutions, from enzymes and GMP-grade reagents to contracted cell and gene therapy manufacturing services and is the developer of the RetroNectin reagent, a world standard in gene therapy protocols. Takara Bio is committed to preventing disease and improving the quality of life for all people through the use of biotechnology.