It has been announced that Labcorp will collaborate with the biotechnology company xCell Biosciences to advance the development of new cell and gene therapies (CGTs).
As a result of the alliance, the companies will work together on a variety of projects to improve the safety and efficacy of CGTs.
It supports Labcorp’s commitment to expanding its worldwide, complete CGT expertise while helping pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies speed up the development of treatments.
CGTs alter the genes of a person in order to treat diseases, either by disabling or substituting a disease-causing gene, or by introducing a new or modified cell or gene into the body.
Many diseases, from Parkinson’s to solid tumours to rare diseases to blood-based malignancies, are being studied in the hope that one of these treatments will be effective.
Xcellbio’s AVATAR incubator system will be used by the partnership’s projects to develop research-grade CAR-T cell material that can be used to kill cancer cells.
This initiative will help demonstrate the importance of knowing the parameters of the tumour microenvironment in order to create CAR-T cells that perform at a higher level.
In addition, the technology will be used to adapt cancer cells to more physiological conditions and extend 3D modelling for in vitro CAR-T testing.
Following a strategic investment in Xcellbio made by Labcorp in November of last year, a new partnership has been formed.
According to Dr. Maryland Franklin, the head of the Labcorp cell and gene therapy enterprise and vice president, “Labcorp is firmly committed to assisting our clients in providing new treatment options to patients in need while also revolutionizing the future of medicine through the use of cell and gene therapies.”
“The combination of the scale and breadth of our enterprise-wide CGT solutions with Xcellbio’s powerful technology provides us with an opportunity to enhance and accelerate the CGT development experience.”
Cytiva provides support for cell and gene therapy coverage in the field of pharmaceutical technology.
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