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HemaCare Apheresis Materials Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Oct 12, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Nancy Andon, MSc posted in Apheresis, T Cells

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Researchers involved in the clinical investigation of a new COVID-19 vaccine cited using HemaCare healthy donor starting materials for their study.

The scientists, most of whom work at ImmunityBio in Culver City, CA, are conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial for their new dual-antigen COVID-19 vaccine. [1]

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HemaCare T Cells Support Study on Cell Therapy Consistency

Oct 5, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Nancy Andon, MSc posted in Leukopak, Cancer, T Cells

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A new publication by scientists at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult in the UK cites the use of HemaCare-sourced CD3+ T cells for their cancer immunotherapy research.

The successful commercialization of gene-modified cell therapies relies in part on being able to manufacture a consistent product. Many cell and gene therapy developers use lentiviral vector delivery systems to impart the therapeutic gene modifications necessary to making their therapies effective.

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HemaCare PBMCs used for 3D Anti-Tumor Discovery Platform

Sep 28, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Nancy Andon, MSc posted in Cryopreservation, PBMCs, T Cells, Immunotherapy (Immunology)

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An independent publication cites the use of HemaCare-sourced PBMC as starting material for an assay designed to screen for factors that enhance anti-tumor cytotoxic T cell activity. [1]

The paper, published in the renowned scientific journal Nature, reports the study results of a scientific team working at Novartis in San Diego. Their goal is to develop a discovery platform that more closely mimics the in-vivo tumor microenvironment.

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The Beginners Guide to COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

Aug 24, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Nancy Andon, MSc posted in PBMCs, Serum, T Cells, Plasma

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Part 2: How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Trigger Immunity

In Part 1 of our blog series, we described what an mRNA vaccine is, and how it works.

In Part 2, we will explain how receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine triggers the human immune system to start producing antibodies and facilitates long-term protection.

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The Beginners Guide to COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

Aug 17, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Nancy Andon, MSc posted in Cryopreservation, PBMCs, Serum, Plasma

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Part 1: What is an mRNA Vaccine?

Vaccination is one of the most successful public health initiatives in history. Vaccine-preventable diseases are at or near an all-time low. So why are some people so hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

It turns out that vaccine hesitancy is as old as vaccination itself. The unknown can be scary, and while modern humans may live in the “Age of Information”, most of us realize that not all information is reliable. Fortunately, help is on the way! In this 2-part blog series, the experts at HemaCare break down precisely what a mRNA vaccine is and how it works to protect those who get it.

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