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How we make cell therapy in Italy

Authors Montemurro T, Viganò M, Budelli S, Montelatici E, Lavazza C, Marino L, Parazzi V, Lazzari L, Giordano R

Received 6 January 2015

Accepted for publication 25 March 2015

Published 20 August 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 4825—4834

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S80403

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Shu-Feng Zhou


Tiziana Montemurro, Mariele Viganò, Silvia Budelli, Elisa Montelatici, Cristiana Lavazza, Luigi Marino, Valentina Parazzi, Lorenza Lazzari, Rosaria Giordano

Cell Factory, Unit of Cell Therapy and Cryobiology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy

Abstract: In the 21st century scenario, new therapeutic tools are needed to take up the social and medical challenge posed by the more and more frequent degenerative disorders and by the aging of population. The recent category of advanced therapy medicinal products has been created to comprise cellular, gene therapy, and tissue engineered products, as a new class of drugs. Their manufacture requires the same pharmaceutical framework as for conventional drugs and this means that industrial, large-scale manufacturing process has to be adapted to the peculiar characteristics of cell-containing products. Our hospital took up the challenge of this new path in the early 2000s; and herein we describe the approach we followed to set up a pharmaceutical-grade facility in a public hospital context, with the aim to share the solutions we found to make cell therapy compliant with the requirements for the production and the quality control of a high-standard medicinal product.

Keywords: advanced therapy medicinal product, good manufacturing practices, stem cells

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