Representation of cell therapy production disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic

How COVID-19 is changing the production of cell therapies

This piece written by Joy Aho, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Be The Match BioTherapies®, was originally published on CellandGene.com in April 2020. We’re living through unprecedented times, both as individuals and as a nascent cell therapy field. The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative implications for manufacturing and shipping across nearly all industries, including very pronounced…

Representation of NMDP/Be The Match donor collection network

Managing donor collections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Even before COVID-19 reached pandemic levels, teams at the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® had their eye on an important part of the cell therapy supply chain—donor collections. Collections from allogeneic donors are critical to getting time-sensitive life-saving cell therapies to patients around the world. But donors often must fly to the apheresis…

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Navigating a time-sensitive cell therapy supply chain during the coronavirus outbreak (Updated)

Updated March 27, 2020 (original story follows) Editor’s note: It’s been just over one month since we first shared how established relationships have helped our organization navigate the impacts of the coronavirus on the cell therapy supply chain. Since then, much has changed. Just a few days after we posted the story, reports from Italy…

HLA matching could bring more allogeneic cell therapies to market, faster

The emergence of novel cell therapy technologies has led to questions about the necessity of human leukocyte antigen matching (HLA matching) in the development of potential “universal” allogeneic cell therapies. After all, if you can eliminate alloreactive responses, what role would HLA matching play? Martin Maiers, MS, is the Vice President of Biomedical Informatics for…

How to overcome 3 common cell therapy supply chain disruptions

One patient, one product. The successful on-time delivery of cell and gene therapies isn’t just good business—it’s a matter of survival for patients. When there’s no room for mistakes, an advanced approach is needed to overcome supply chain disruptions that create barriers to successful on-time delivery. Severe weather, customs complexities and flight delays are three…

Overcoming challenges to cellular starting material collection

Coordinating the collection and delivery of cells for cell and gene therapy developers begins long before the first patient or donor is collected. Our Be The Match BioTherapies® Collection Network Liaison team works with cell and gene therapy clients to understand their needs. Then, they use established, standardized approaches to onboard, audit and train the…

Abby McDonald, PhD, is the manager of Solutions Development at Be The Match BioTherapies

Driving CAR-T therapy safety and sustainability for the road ahead

Autologous and allogeneic CAR-T therapies continue to hold significant promise for patients. But with that potential comes challenges, as more CAR-T therapies enter clinical trials and commercialization. Some are universal to both autologous CAR-T and allogeneic CAR-T, but each has its unique obstacles, too. Abby McDonald, PhD, supervises the Solutions Development team for Be The…