An emergent area of immuno-oncology and T-cell therapy is to make an “off-the-shelf” (or allogeneic) supply of suitably engineered T cells or natural killer (NK) cells so they can readily be administered across a wide variety of patients.
This supply can now be developed from suitable donor-patient induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and the first iPSC-derived CAR-T therapies are already enjoying success in the clinic.
Solentim now presents a platform combination of instrumentation (the VIPS™) and soluble matrix (MatriClone™, based on laminin) for the high-efficiency, high-viability single-cell cloning of iPSCs to form the Master Cell Bank. This includes an industry-leading clonality documentation package to support future investigational new drugs (INDs).
Most current instrumentation for stem cell isolation and cloning is only suitable for use in a research environment. Solentim realizes the need for cell therapy customers to implement systems in research now which can then be replicated and used in their clinical manufacturing. Therefore, Solentim aims to ensure all equipment is supplied in line with global cGMP requirements. That said, their equipment is fully validated according to cGMP and specific GAMP 5 principles and regulatory requirements for computerized systems, such as 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) part 11 and EudraLex Volume 4, Annex 11. This is deemed as essential for customers planning to adopt this approach in their GMP manufacturing environment.
Dr. Ian Taylor, Chief Business Officer, Solentim Limited
Dr. Taylor has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the conceptualization and commercialization of novel high-value life science instrumentation.
Prior to joining Solentim when it was founded ten years ago, Dr. Taylor was the Commercial Director at Genetix PLC, where he was responsible for the development and sales of the ClonePix FL for selection and isolation of high-value monoclonal-antibody-producing clones. Prior to that, Dr. Taylor was part of the senior leadership team for PerkinElmer Life Sciences.
Simon Hoffman, GMP Consultant
Simon is a Principal GMP Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industries. Having started his career in world-class companies such as Novartis and AstraZeneca, Simon has an extensive track record of designing and setting up large-scale manufacturing sites and laboratories and launching healthcare products globally, all in line with world-class standards, including FDA, MHRA and ISO standards. Simon’s most recent achievement was being a key adviser and hands-on key team member for the launch and scale up of a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in record time.
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