Yokogawa Electric has recently invested in GlyTech, Inc., a Kyoto-based company with leading-edge technologies in the synthesis of glycans, which influence cell metabolism and functional changes.
The companies will partner to establish biosynthesis processes that utilize the structures of glycans and molecules and build a platform to optimize biopharmaceutical production.
GlyTech CEO Hiroaki Asai says, “For the development of biopharmaceuticals, it is extremely important to control the structure of glycans. However, advanced knowledge and technology are required for the flexible design of glycan number, position, and structure and the rigorous implementation of quality management and maintenance in line with regulatory standards. By working closely with Yokogawa to hold down biopharmaceutical development costs and improve production efficiency, I hope that we will see broad growth in the adoption of innovative biopharmaceutical products.”
Tsuyoshi Abe, Vice President and General Manager of Yokogawa’s Marketing headquarters, says, “I believe that GlyTech’s glycan synthesis technology will create unique value for the next generation. In addition to pharmaceuticals and food products that protect people’s health, this technology can also be used in applications such as biomaterials. We will accelerate our joint research into biosynthesis processes, establish an efficient production platform, and bring about a raft of innovations that will help to make the bioeconomic society a reality.”
There are high expectations for the future of biopharmaceuticals due to their high efficacy and reduced risk of side effects in comparison to traditional small molecule drugs.
GlyTech is a venture company that has constructed a library of glycans with complex and diverse patterns and structures and possesses technology for the addition of characterized glycans to biopharmaceuticals that rely on glycoproteins as their active ingredient.
In addition to increasing the functionality of glycoproteins, the company has been successful in the production of high purity glycans.
By combining this with Yokogawa’s abundant know-how and proven track record with quality control, manufacturing execution, and productivity improvement in pharmaceutical plants, the companies look to maximize synergy and accurately control the structure of difficult-to-handle glycans, thus contributing to the quality and stable supply of biopharmaceuticals.