Donaldson opens new life sciences technical center in North Carolina

Donaldson Company Inc has opened a 25,000 sq ft life sciences technical center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), a technology and biotech hub in North Carolina, USA.

The Donaldson Isolere Bio team developing novel, proprietary IsoTag reagents
The Donaldson Isolere Bio team developing novel, proprietary IsoTag reagents - Photo: Business Wire.

The Donaldson brands located or under development at the facility include Isolere Bio, Purilogics, Solaris Biotech and Univercells Technologies.

The technical center is centrally located on a campus supporting emerging biotechnology companies and includes modern laboratories as well as cleanrooms that provide product manufacturing capacity. The new facility will support the design, development, launch and early commercialization of bioprocessing solutions. It also will serve as a hub for Donaldson life science innovations while advancing the IsoTag reagent product line.

“RTP is the perfect strategic location to attract world-class talent to our growing team, deploy enabling bioprocessing solutions, and engage with leading cell and gene therapy players,” said Andrew Dahlgren, Donaldson Life Sciences president.

Donaldson recently launched Isolere Bio’s first product, IsoTag AAV, for the purification of adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV). The novel reagent uses affinity liquid-phase separation paired with efficient microfiltration for the purification and streamlined manufacturing of AAV, vectors critical to the gene therapy industry. Prototype-grade material from the second product line, IsoTag LV for lentiviral vectors, is scheduled to launch in early 2024.

“Through this meaningful investment, we are now poised to accelerate commercialization of our IsoTag technology and deliver disruptive solutions to our customers in the advanced therapeutics space,” said Kelli Luginbuhl, Donaldson Isolere Bio business director. “By adding manufacturing capacity, Donaldson is in a stronger position to support customers in their research through clinical and commercial-scale activities.”