National Resilience’s $110 Million Alliance with Bluebird Bio to Develop Cell Therapies

Ropes & Gray advised National Resilience on the deal.

National Resilience, Inc., a biopharmaceutical manufacturing specialist, closed a strategic alliance with bluebird bio, Inc., to accelerate the research, development and delivery of cell therapies. 

Under the terms of the agreement, National Resilience will pay bluebird $110 million upfront for a commercial manufacturing site in North Carolina with more than 100 employees Resilience will provide bluebird bio’s spin-off oncology cell therapy company 2seventy bio with access to viral vector supplies from the North Carolina plant. Resilience plans to keep all of bluebird’s employees and expand the production facility. The partners plan to share expenses and revenues for cell therapies that come from the collaboration. 

Founded in 2020, Resilience (National Resilience, Inc.), a company building the world’s most advanced biopharmaceutical manufacturing ecosystem, is a manufacturing and technology company dedicated to broadening access to complex medicines and protecting biopharmaceutical supply chains against disruption.

bluebird bio is pioneering gene therapy with purpose. From its Cambridge, Mass., headquarters, bluebird bio develops gene and cell therapies for severe genetic diseases and cancer, with the goal that people facing potentially fatal conditions with limited treatment options can live their lives fully.

The Ropes & Gray team was led by life sciences partner Marc Rubenstein (Picture) and Amanda Austin (both of Boston) and included IP transactions associates Zach Cookston (Boston) and Georgina Suzuki (Silicon Valley), life sciences associates Rajarshi Banerjee and Michael Connolly (both of Boston), real estate associates Katie Hyland and Meredith Sterritt (both of Boston) and Tom Wechsler (New York).

Involved fees earner: Amanda Austin – Ropes & Gray; Rajarshi Banerjee – Ropes & Gray; Michael Connolly – Ropes & Gray; Zachary Cookston – Ropes & Gray; Katherine Hyland – Ropes & Gray; Georgina Jones Suzuki – Ropes & Gray; Marc Rubenstein – Ropes & Gray; Meredith Sterritt – Ropes & Gray; Thomas Wechsler – Ropes & Gray;

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