Designing production facilities of the future

Presented by

Geoffrey Hodge, Chief Technical Officer at Unum Therapeutics and Gary Pigeau, Ph.D., Director at GE Healthcare

About this talk

Engineered autologous T cell products have proven to be an extremely promising new therapeutic modality, but they are currently time-consuming and costly to manufacture. This presentation will review the history of biotherapeutics development to look for lessons we can learn that may accelerate advances in autologous cell therapy manufacturing. It will also highlight the differences between traditional biotherapeutics manufacture and autologous cell manufacture to identify areas which may require us to look to other industries for inspiration. Finally, it will present an integrated vision for an autologous cell therapy manufacturing facility of the future which incorporates current initiatives, lessons from the past, and ideas from other industries to improve the robustness, cost, and time of autologous cell therapy manufacture. Followed by Enterprise solutions for cell and gene therapy The cell and gene therapy industry is growing at a rapid pace, with more and more attention on manufacturing rigor and scalability. Solutions are needed to achieve these outcomes while providing the speed and agility to succeed in this dynamic space. To tackle these issues and make life-saving therapies more accessible, the industry needs a new way of thinking. This presentation will discuss approaches that can be applied in modular fashion to create a customized production facility with the flexibility to evolve over time. Modern facilities include integrated technologies that close and automate processing, delivering the scalability and control lacking in typical manual workflows. An integrated platform can be housed inside a prefabricated structure – a cleanroom or a larger manufacturing facility. Both options allow for quick addition of GMP manufacturing capacity without interrupting existing work. A manufacturing execution system can be added to bring facilities together with cloud-based oversight of what is happening in real time.

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