A case study with Peg Biomedical Co., Ltd
Peg Biomedical Co., Ltd. (Peg Bio), is a Suzhou, China-based biopharmaceutical company specialized in developing innovative medicines for metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and non-alcoholic hepatitis.
While business between Peg Bio and Covance first started in 2014, the strength and depth of our relationship was highlighted in Spring 2019. In May that year, more than 400 Covance employees relocated to a new facility – the Aland Center in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of Shanghai’s Pudong District- and Dr. Michael Xu, CEO of Peg Bio, was invited to deliver a speech for the new site opening ceremony. In his address, Dr. Xu expressed his gratitude for Covance’s service delivery, “among all of the collaborators, Covance is probably the best time‑keeping CRO we have worked with.”
In our previous post, we outlined the dangers of Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) and the importance of preclinical Cytokine Release Assays (CRAs) when developing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that interact with the patient’s immune system. In this second post, we describe the different kinds of assays in use and how these may fit into your drug development program. An alternative type of CRA, peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) blood outgrowth endothelial cell (BOEC) co-culture, will be discussed in more detail in our next blog post.
What is a cytokine storm?
Release Syndrome (CRS), otherwise known as cytokine storm, is a systemic
inflammatory response caused by complications due to disease, infection or an
adverse effect of biologic therapy. The clinical symptoms of a cytokine storm
are massive release of a potent cocktail of pro-inflammatory cytokines into the
general circulatory system, leading to severe multi-organ damage, failure or
potentially death. This is an extremely unwanted immunotoxicological side
effect in drug development.