Non-clinical and clinical studies that evaluate pharmacokinetic (ADME) and toxicology characteristics are necessary to determine the safety and efficacy of cell and gene therapy products. Studies on gene vector and transgene biodistribution, gene expression, protein expression, viral shedding, vector integration, and other areas are crucial for cell and gene therapy preclinical and clinical research.

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The team at Avance Biosciences™ has nearly three decades of experience providing services to support cell and gene therapy biodistribution studies, including qPCR, ddPCR, and NGS. Throughout the years, we have designed and validated numerous TaqMan assays and analyzed massive quantities of animal tissue samples.

We specialize in assay development, assay qualification or validation, and sample testing that complies with GLP and CGMP regulations.

Testing Services Descriptions
Non-Clinical Studies
Biodistribution of DNA viral vectors or transgenes The biodistribution of viral vectors or transgenes is an important part of pre-clinical pharmacokinetics and toxicity studies. To support biodistribution studies, Avance offers GLP and Non-GLP qPCR, ddPCR, and NGS testing services.  Our team has extensive experience in qPCR biodistribution assay development, validation, and sample testing.
Biodistribution of RNA transgenes The biodistribution of RNA transgenes is typically a requirement for RNA-based cell and gene therapy products. To determine RNA transgene biodistribution, we provide RT-qPCR method with RNA standard curves to test genes that are not naturally present in testing animals.
Biodistribution of therapeutic cells Determining the biodistribution of therapeutic cells is essential for understanding the efficacy and safety of a cell and gene therapy product. The team at Avance Biosciences™ has much expertise in developing sensitive and specific qPCR, ddPCR, and NGS methods to quantify human cells in animal tissues.
Gene expression of gene of interest We have nearly three decades of experience supporting gene expression studies using RT-qPCR and other methods such as RNA-Seq. We provide both the ΔΔCt method and the RNA standard curve method for gene expression studies.
Protein expression of transgenes Quantifying the protein expression of transgene products may be required if a cell or gene therapy transgene is detected in unintended tissues or organs. The experienced protein team at Avance can assist you in developing specific and sensitive ELISA and Western blot assays for measuring protein expression levels.
Shedding/excretion analysis Determining assay specificity and sensitivity can be challenging in viral or bacterial shedding studies of animal urine, feces, and bodily fluids. Avance has developed effective extraction methods to ensure nucleoids have high recovery and minimal PCR inhibition.
Vector integration study When high levels of vector or transgene are persistently detected in a biodistribution study, a vector gene integration study is warranted. Avance has developed a proprietary NGS-targeted sequencing method that can detect less than 50 copies of integrated events in 1 µg of host genomic DNA.
Gene editing site profiling Avance offers quantitative NGS amplicon sequencing to support distribution and stability studies of therapeutic cells with edited genes. We have successfully designed and validated multiple NGS amplicon assays and rhAmpSeq assay panels to support non-clinical studies under GLP regulations.
Viral vector titer determination for dosing To accurately titer viral vector titers at various doses, Avance has developed accurate and robust assays that utilize a proprietary viral-handling process. Our procedures reduce viral aggregation and viral adhesion to containers and pipet tips, maximizing reproducibility and recovery.
Clinical Studies
Transgene RNA expression study Assessing transgene expression regulation is of great importance for evaluating cell and gene therapy safety and efficacy. The Avance team is experienced in analyzing patient blood samples for RNA expression using GLP-compliant qPCR and ddPCR methods.
Gene editing site profiling Avance offers quantitative NGS amplicon sequencing that evaluates the persistence and stability of gene editing sites during human trials. We have successfully validated multiple GLP-compliant NGS amplicon assays to support clinical trials.
Shedding/excretion analysis The Avance team is experienced in developing and validating qPCR, ddPCR, and NGS amplicon assays with efficient extraction methods that ensure high and consistent recovery of various cell and gene therapy products in human urine, stool, nasal swab, throat swab, and many other sample types.
Immunogenicity study Treatment with cell and gene therapy products may result in immune responses such as elevated cytokine levels, antibodies targeting the drug product, and neutralizing antibodies. Contact us to discuss how our experienced scientific team can assist you with measuring the immunogenicity of your cell or gene therapy product.

The team at Avance Biosciences™ has nearly three decades of experience providing services to support biodistribution studies for cell and gene therapies, including qPCR, ddPCR, and NGS. Throughout the years, we have designed and validated numerous TaqMan assays and analyzed massive quantities of animal tissue samples.

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The Avance Biosciences™ team is committed to strict adherence to CGMP and GLP regulations enacted by the US, European, Japanese, and other international regulatory agencies.


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Avance Biosciences™’ CGMP/GLP compliant genomic and microbial assays make use of the advanced technologies including real-time PCR, ddPCR, Sanger sequencing, next-gen sequencing, Southern blot, and more.