06 Sep 2018

The tale of two cities: how Vilnius and Kaunas rock the life sciences scene in Lithuania

As Life Sciences Baltics approaches in a speed of cell, take a closer look into exhibition participants from Vilnius and Kaunas, two biggest cities in Lithuania.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and Kaunas, the second largest city in the country and future European capital of culture, are both establishing themselves as hubs for life sciences within Lithuania. Both cities bring together the major part of companies developing innovative solutions and manufacturing products in biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. On 26-27 September dynamic ecosystems of Vilnius and Kaunas will be presented in the Life Sciences Baltics exhibition by some really big names as well as some of the most innovative technology in the country. The list of companies is no particular order.

Thermo Fisher Scientific | Vilnius

Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 65,000 employees globally. The company’s mission is to enable customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. They help customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.

Thermo Fisher Scientific came to Lithuania in 2010, when the company acquired a leading Lithuanian biotech company Fermentas for $260 million.

Now, the Thermo Fisher Scientific Vilnius site (Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, UAB) has world-class capabilities in manufacturing products for the life sciences market – specifically in molecular, protein, and cellular biology – and has an outstanding R&D centre focused on the development of new products in all aspects of molecular, protein, and cellular biology. These products are broadly used worldwide to study gene structure, expression and variety, and help develop new diagnostics methods for innate, hereditary and infectious diseases.

Currently, the Vilnius site employees over 800 people in a variety of roles, including 100 researchers, making this one of the largest private R&D centres in the whole region.

Biotechpharma | Vilnius

Biotechpharma was established in 2004 as a biopharmaceutical research and development company with a focus on recombinant protein technology development. In 2011-2012 they expanded significantly, opening a state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facility. The facility consists of a biopharmaceutical R&D laboratory and a biopharmaceuticals manufacturing centre. This investment led to a significant expansion of the company’s presence in Lithuania, and they now have 130 employees. In 2015, the company received the Lithuanian Product of the Year Award for one of their pharmaceutical drugs. Biotechpharma is the only contract development and GMP-compliant manufacturing organisation for biopharmaceuticals in the Baltic States.

One of the founders and leaders of Lithuania’s biotechnology industry, and CEO at Biotechpharma, Professor Vladas Bumelis, has ambitious plans to establish three new state-of-the-art facilities with more than 500 employees and $230 million in investments. The focus of the facilities will be the manufacturing of different kind of cells, including stem cells and cells for 3D organ printing.

Ortho Baltic | Kaunas

Kaunas-based Ortho Baltic produces custom-made orthoses and footwear aimed at reducing the need for operations, cutting rehabilitation times and lessening the risk of infections and recurrence. The company works in close cooperation with the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences – whose University clinic is the biggest in the Baltic States – and other local and European universities.

In 2013 Ortho Baltic was awarded the National Prize for Achievements in Science and Business Cooperation.

Grupo FOS Lithuania | Kaunas

Gruppo FOS Lithuania which is founded in 2015 is working in biomedical engineering area and in partnership with two Lithuanian Universities (Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences) it is developing biomedical electronic equipment for post-stroke patient state monitoring. Gruppo FOS Lithuania is a part of Italian FOS group working in Information and Communication Technologies, Electronic engineering, Technology Transfer areas and having a world wide experience from 1999.

 

Biomapas | Kaunas

Biomapas – a Full Service CRO. For more than 17 years a team of professionals experienced in Clinical Trials, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Writing and Pharmacovigilance services is supporting Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medtech companies with client based solutions in Europe, Russia, CIS and the Americas. This competent team has deep expertise in conducting clinical studies, leading medicinal products and medical devices to the market, providing life-cycle management and pharmaco-/materiovigilance services.

 

Froceth | Vilnius

Froceth is the first and only biotechnology company in Lithuania manufacturing advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) individually for each patient. The products are developed by using patients’ own tissues and cells in the manufacturing process, and by addressing the specific needs of each person. All the processes are carried out using the most advanced technologies for somatic cell therapy. Tissue bank services are provided in accordance with License No. 3635 issued by the State Health Care Accreditation Agency under the Ministry of Health. ATMPs are manufactured in accordance with Permit No. 1 issued by the Ministry of Health’s State Medicines Control Agency.

Biotecha | Vilnius

With many years of experience, Biotecha now offers solutions and supplies devices for your scientific analysis, manufacturing processes and process controls. The company delivers, installs and maintains industrial and laboratory equipment. Biotecha has implemented a quality management system certified according to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard. The scope of this certification includes: sales, design, installation, service of laboratory, industrial, medical equipment and consultation on technical and scientific matters.

 

Aconitum | Kaunas

Aconitum is a fully integrated pharmaceutical manufacturer founded in 1999 and located in Lithuania. The product portfolio of Aconitum consists of herbal medicines, food supplements, homeopathic medicines, biosimilars and generics. A modern manufacturing plant was built according to EU GMP requirements, it contains modern GMP certified microbiology and chemical laboratories. Aconitum is also certified HACCP for food supplement production and HALAL for production for Islamic countries.

In 2018, Rima Balanaškienė, the founder and CEO of Aconitum, was nominated for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018.

Droplet Genomics | Vilnius

Droplet Genomics provides unique solutions for single cell analysis, including instruments and consumables. Their microfluidic products are used in diverse contexts to obtain unparalleled insight into the genetics of heterogeneous biological samples.

 

Innovative Pharma Baltics | Vilnius

Innovative Pharma Baltics was founded in 2008, when it was decided to start producing their own phytotherapeutic products. Number of technological researches were started to launch new product ideas. The company constantly strives to create technologically advanced and healthier products. The company aims to use the newest and most advanced production technologies, especially in producing extracts. Innovative Pharma Baltics systematically use essential oils, creating a unique phyto and aroma therapy.

 

The text was based on texts provided by exhibition’s participants, Go Vilnius and Kaunas In.

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