InVitria, a division of Ventria Bioscience, was founded with the goal of providing the biotechnology industry with innovative products to improve cell culture and biomanufacturing. InVitria does this by allowing customers to eliminate animal components from their cell-based processes. Removing these components helps improve consistency, safety and efficiency. InVitria’s products are recombinant proteins that are manufactured in our manufacturing facility in Junction City, Kansas. These products have many uses across the life science industry including in regenerative medicine, cellular therapy, biomanufacturing, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices.
Animal components such as fetal bovine serum (FBS), bovine and human serum albumin, and bovine and human transferrin have been popular ingredients in many biological processes, but in the 1990’s scientists began searching for ways to remove serum and other animal products due to concerns about product quality, safety and animal stewardship. Animal products are undesirable because they pose a risk of transmitting infectious agents such as prions (Mad Cow Disease) and virus (HIV). In addition, animal components and blood derived products are undefined leading to high batch-to-batch variation. For these reasons, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other regulatory bodies discourage use of these animal components.
To date, InVitria has developed and commercialized eight recombinant proteins and cell culture media supplements. InVitria’s product development team has an active program to expand this product line based on customer needs.