ISCT22: Children's National sees improved cell therapy potency, quicker patient delivery

May 9, 2022

Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, is seeing improvements in the potency of existing cell therapies and a reduction in the time it takes to get them to patients, according to Patrick Hanley, PhD, chief and director of the pediatric medical center's Cellular Therapy Program.

"Virus-specific T cells are a good example of that. We've seen increased potency based on the manufacturing and based on improvements to the process. That has allowed us to pivot and deliver those virus-specific T cells in an off-the-shelf fashion. So, now, we're talking about delivery to patients in 48 hours rather than 20 days," Hanley told at the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) 2022 annual meeting in San Francisco.

Hanley, who is ISCT regional vice president-elect, North America, regional executive committee, North America, has helped to pioneer work in expanding virus-specific immune cells from naïve T cells, such as those present in cord blood or virus-seronegative donors and T cells targeting tumor-specific antigens.

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