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Partners to Test Scaffold Technology for TCell Production
Aug 10 2016
The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT) and the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CTM CRC), the Australian centre for translation of cell therapy technologies, have announced a project to test at scale CTM CRC’s patented scaffold technology.
The technology, developed across three of CTM’s participant organisations, The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, The University of South Australia and Queensland University of Technology, is designed for T-cell stimulation and expansion; the testing by CGT will provide independent supporting data for ultimate scale up procedures. The consortium will then investigate opportunities to apply this technology to commercial scale cell expansion systems.
Keith Thompson, CEO, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult said: “The issue of scale in cell and gene therapies, is one of the toughest challenges the industry faces. We need to have the ability to grow cells reliably and cost effectively at scale in order to get these promising therapies to patients. This project is one of several where we are looking at adapting technologies to achieve that scale up. Collaborating with CTM CRC shows that it’s an international effort that’s needed to ensure we address the barriers in the industry.”
Sherry Kothari, CEO, the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing said: “We have a strong focus on addressing the cost of manufacture through intervention with smart surfaces and materials. This project is an example of how simple and cost effective strategies are being applied to optimise and improve existing cell expansion processes. This collaboration with CGT provides the perfect vehicle for evaluating the translation and scale up of promising technologies. International collaborations such as these enable rapid adoption by and value-add to a global industry, ultimately giving patients with currently untreatable medical conditions a better chance of access to life-saving therapies.”
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