Effect of rapid cell therapy growth on collection capacity

The rapid growth of the cell and gene therapy industry is a positive for patients. However, it comes with increasing demand for high-quality cellular source material collected at apheresis centers. Managing collection capacity impacts from this growth requires understanding challenges from the perspective of the apheresis center and collaboration across the industry to develop solutions.

The promise allogeneic NK cell and iPSC therapies hold

Cell and gene therapy developers are pursuing allogeneic approaches, which ideally could be produced in greater quantities and be available “off-the-shelf.” Those using natural killer (NK) cells and cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are creating buzz in the industry. Drs. Sarah Cooley, Stephen Gottschalk and Stephan Grupp offer their insights.

Creating scalable cell therapy collection processes

As a cell and gene therapy developer, your cell collection protocol requirements and specifications will impact your apheresis center network selection strategy and your ability to efficiently scale your processes. Any time your protocols or processes differ from those in place at a center, there are likely implications for training, forms and standard operating procedures (SOPs), which can delay your first collection.

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…

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…