HemaCare has just announced the publication of their latest article in the popular stem cell industry periodical BioInformant.  The article focuses on the need for healthy donor starting material to keep up with growing demands in the cell and gene therapy industry.
Scientists at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult in the U.K. cite using HemaCare leukopaks to study a new method of scrutinizing cellular quality markers during cell therapy bioprocessing. 
The publication represents a collaborative effort among scientists developing cellular therapies in the United States and Canada as well as in the U.K. They are working together to solve a key issue; how to ensure the consistent high quality of their living products.
Last week in Part 1 of our series, we presented observations from industry leaders into how they plan for success by installing comprehensive quality management systems and laying down detailed groundwork for an optimized transition to GMP-compliant starting materials and technologies. This week in Part 2 of our series, cell therapy manufacturers present their own perceptions of what constitutes an ideal cell therapy starting material supplier, as well as what can be done on their end to ensure their cell therapy retains consistent quality and potency.
The emergence of cell and gene therapies onto the global stage is generating growing excitement, as unprecedented clinical success fuels the expectation of a promising new chapter in medicine. Alongside an extraordinary increase in the number of cell and gene therapies entering clinical trial, there are a lower yet still significant number of companies launching the commercialized manufacture of their cell therapy products.
“As the industry and regulatory landscape continues to evolve, it’s vital that as an industry, we take a lifecycle approach to risk management –to ensure that we mitigate as much risk as possible all the way from discovery through to commercialization.” - Dr. Dominic Clarke, Global Head of Cell Therapy, HemaCare
Cell and Gene Therapy Insights has just published HemaCare’s white paper on how to manage starting material quality and stability to maximum effect during cell therapy manufacturing.  Quality cell therapies can only be created from quality starting materials, yet paradoxically, starting materials are the single greatest source of variability in the cell therapy manufacturing process. Mitigating risk requires minimizing that variability, and also managing shelf-life limitations and biopreservation logistics.