Charles River and Nanoscope Therapeutics Announce Multifaceted Gene Therapy Manufacturing Partnership

Charles River and Nanoscope Therapeutics Announce Multifaceted Gene Therapy Manufacturing Partnership

Charles River will manufacture both plasmid DNA and viral vectors for late phase clinical trials targeting degenerative ocular diseases with no known cure

WILMINGTON, Mass. & DALLAS, Tx. – October 18, 2022 – Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. and Nanoscope Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing gene therapies for retinal degenerative diseases, today announced a comprehensive manufacturing collaboration utilizing Charles River’s extensive contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services in both plasmid DNA and viral vectors.

“We are excited to continue to support Nanoscope Therapeutics’ efforts in the production of gene therapies that are focused on restoring vision for people suffering from retinal degenerative diseases with no known cure. Their work is incredibly important to patients, and we look forward to continuing to serve as a partner,” said Kerstin Dolph, Corporate Senior Vice President of Biologics Solutions at Charles River.

“Nanoscope looks forward to working with Charles River to support our accelerated development program. We have high expectations for our program and are counting on Charles River leadership, resources and scale to deliver in this partnership,” said Anil Lalwani, Vice President of CMC at Nanoscope Therapeutics, Inc.

A Robust Manufacturing Collaboration
Through this partnership, Nanoscope will have access to established manufacturing platforms and multiple Charles River CDMO centers of excellence, leveraging a comprehensive range of services including but not limited to GMP cell banking, High Quality (HQ) and GMP-grade plasmid DNA manufacture, and GMP adeno-associated virus (AAV) production.

This gene therapy manufacturing partnership builds on Charles River’s acquisitions of Cognate BioServices, Cobra Biologics, and Vigene Biosciences in 2021 that expanded its comprehensive cell and gene therapy (C&GT) portfolio to span each of the major CDMO platforms – cell therapy, viral vector, and plasmid DNA production.

Treating Degenerative Retinal Diseases
Nanoscope Therapeutics is developing gene-agnostic, sight restoring Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) optogenetic therapies for the millions of patients blinded by retinal degenerative diseases, for which no cure exists. Nanoscope’s optogenetic therapy uses a proprietary AAV2 vector to deliver MCO genes into retinal cells to enable vision in different color environments. The therapy is administered as a single intravitreal injection for in-office delivery without the need for any other devices or interventions.

About Charles River
Charles River provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them. To learn more about our unique portfolio and breadth of services, visit

About Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc.
Nanoscope Therapeutics is developing gene-agnostic, sight restoring optogenetic therapies for the millions of patients blinded by retinal degenerative diseases, for which no cure exists. The company’s lead asset, MCO-010, is presently in Phase 2b multicenter, randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled clinical trials in the U.S. for retinitis pigmentosa (NCT04945772) with top line data expected H1 2023. The company has also fully enrolled a Phase 2 trial of MCO-010 therapy in Stargardt patients (NCT05417126). MCO-010 has received FDA Fast Track designation for RP and FDA orphan drug designations for RP and Stargardt. Preclinical assets include non-viral laser delivered MCO-020 gene therapy for geographic atrophy.

Nanoscope Investor Contact:
Argot Partners

Charles River Investor Contact:
Todd Spencer
Corporate Vice President,
Investor Relations

Charles River Media Contact:
Amy Cianciaruso
Corporate Vice President,
Chief Communications Officer


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Dallas, TX 75207
(817) 857-1186
  • Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, PhD |  Co-Founder & President

    Samarendra Mohanty (Co-Founder/President) is an inventor & serial entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Biomedical Sciences. He is Co-Founder of several Biotechs and Biomedical device /diagnostic companies (developed & commercialized $100K+ biomedical instruments.)

    Samar obtained M.Tech in Applied Optics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and a PhD in (Bio)Physics from the Indian Institute of Sciences-Bangalore.

    His extensive Biomedical Technologies experience includes serving as Professor/Senior Scientist at the University of Texas;  University of California, Irvine; Center for Adv. Tech (India); Int. Mol. Biotech (Germany); Univ. Pavia (Italy); NUS (Singapore); and University of St. Andrews (UK). He has authored over 200 international patents and publications in leading journals including Nature and Nature Photonics.

    He is the Principal Investigator for major grants from the National Eye Institute including Audacious Goal Initiative and Bioengineering Research grants. He serves on the editorial board of journals and chairs an international conference on optogenetics. He is the winner of a 2019 Healthcare Heroes award (Fort Worth Business Press), Retinal Organoid Challenge Award, Audacious Goal Initiative Award (NIH), Finalist of Tech Titan, and NIH-Director’s Innovator Award.