Clean Cells opens new production suites close to Nantes

Clean Cells opens new production suites close to Nantes

Clean Cells opens new production suites close to Nantes

Clean Cells, part of the Clean Biologics group, a French provider of biopharmaceutical product quality control services and manufacturer of starting materials, has launched operations in its new production suites, located in the new facility opened in January 2023, in Montaigu-Vendée, near Nantes.
These suites almost double Clean Cells’ portfolio of GMP facilities. The company now has nine GMP-grade BSL21 laboratories, in addition to its non GMP-grade and BSL3 laboratories.

With a total production area of 638 m², the new facilities create a twofold increase in the company’s total capacity for the production and characterization of cell and virus banks. By increasing its production capacity for starting materials, Clean Cells aims to offer its customers greater flexibility and faster project turnaround times.  “ These new facilities will enable us to respond better to the growing demand from our customers, while at the same time delivering the agility and flexibility that our partners have come to expect from us,” said Lucy Thulot, head of production at Clean Cells. “Our new equipment allows us to offer our biopharmaceutical customers, biotechnology companies, CDMOs and CROs a service that is both reliable and customizable. Our full service offering means we can meet their requirements at every stage of a project, from the production of cell and virus banks through to full characterization. We offer a reliable and agile one-stop-shop; that gives us a real competitive advantage.
By offering a complete project package that extends from production through to storage, Clean Cells can support its partners at every stage in the development of their biopharmaceutical products. The Clean Cells teams can assist from research right throughto the production of fully characterized GMP-grade cell and virus banks for use in the pharmaceutical production of vaccines, therapeutic antibodies and gene therapy, as well as for other bioprocesses and biopharmaceutical applications. The facilities comprise:

  • 365 m² GMP-grade zone (compared to 185 m² at the old premises) housing production units (20 m² per unit), dressing areas, access corridors and airlocks
  • 73 m² non-GMP or feasibility laboratory space (compared to 20 m² at the old premises)
  • 140 m² storage area (compared to 85 m² at the old premises), which can house over 40 cryo-containers with an autofill function
  • The units are also fitted with equipment such as cell counters (ViCell/NucléoCounter), static and shaking incubators, and WAVE bioreactors

Alongside production at its new GMP-grade suites, Clean Cells also plans to expand its business activity in new areas, such as clonal selection, so that it can support its customers even earlier in the pharmaceutical development process. The company plans to recruit additional staff to support its growth in cell and virus bank activities. Based near Nantes, in Western France, Clean Cells employs 133 staff.