Lonza and AllCells Join Forces for Global Commercialization of Hematopoietic Primary Cells

Lonza and AllCells have entered into a private label partnership for the manufacture and global commercialization of an extensive range of hematopoietic primary cells. This partnership expands Lonza's broad offering of hematopoietic cell lines and enables cell biologists to easily access a wide selection of high-quality cells to boost their scientific research.

Under the new agreement, the entire AllCells research portfolio of products will bear the Lonza branding and will allow scientists on a global scale to further their research across an array of applications, including drug discovery, toxicity testing, cell therapy and personalized medicine.

Hematopoietic primary cells play a vital role in advancing in vitro research as they closely reflect in vivo morphology, metabolism and growth characteristics. However, obtaining those cells requires researchers to find a variety of donors and perform a series of tedious cell isolations.

"With this partnership, we aim to enable straightforward access to a wealth of viable, ready-to-use hematopoietic cells, such as mobilized peripheral blood progenitor cells," said Mary Riley, Director of Discovery Solutions at Lonza. "All researchers will need to do is thaw and culture, while also being able to take advantage of Lonza's strong after-sales technical support."

Don Klabunde, CEO at AllCells, added: "By leveraging our customization expertise, speed and flexibility to manufacture hematopoietic cells of superior viability and quality, and with Lonza's extensive reach, we will improve the availability of highly purified cells from different tissue sources to enhance a variety of research needs."

Lonza is an integrated solutions provider that creates value along the healthcare continuum through niche pharma and biotech services as well as specialty ingredients. The firm focuses on creating a healthy environment, promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing illness through consumers' preventive healthcare, as well as improving patient healthcare by supporting their customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure severe diseases.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today has more than 100 sites and offices and approximately 15,500 full-time employees worldwide. The company generated sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018 with a core EBITDA of CHF 1.5 billion.

AllCells is a leading biotechnology company dedicated to providing researchers and biomanufacturing organizations with high quality primary cells that enable drug discovery, preclinical development, and manufacturing of cell therapies. Leveraging its expertise in hematopoietic and immune cell isolation and characterization together with bi-coastal on-site hematologic tissue clinical collection operations, AllCells maintains a large repository of donor profiles that can be qualified for various biomedical applications. Freshly collected tissue is immediately processed in contiguous manufacturing facilities to produce purified cell types having unparalleled quality and consistency. Cells are shipped worldwide, or fresh cells can be immediately utilized in fee-for-service cell-based assays custom designed according to customer criteria.