COOPMAN, K. and MEDCALF, N., 2014. From production to patient: challenges and approaches for delivering cell therapies. IN: Stem Cell Research Community (eds). StemBook, DOI:10.3824/stembook.1.97.1.
The cell therapy industry is rapidly growing with several new products approved for clinical use over the past few years and many more currently in clinical trials. Nonetheless, a number of challenges remain in getting cell therapies to the market and into routine use. For instance, cell therapy bioprocesses still need to be optimised, but if these therapies are to be widely adopted there must also be clear routes for their delivery from the site of manufacture to the clinic and the patients. This review explores the currently available routes, the factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a route and the challenges that remain with respect to cell therapy logistics.
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The authors would like to acknowledge the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC; UK), Bioprocessing Research Industries Club (BRIC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC; UK) for their financial support.