automating cell therapy manufacturing

[NEWS] Collaboration to Develop Robotic Manufacturing System to Automate Cell Therapy Manufacturing

Cytiva and Multiply Labs have announced a collaboration to develop a robotic manufacturing system to automate portions of the cell therapy manufacturing process.
Cytiva reports that the collaboration will be focussed on creating a fully automated robotic system, bringing ‘industrial scale reliability’ already established in other industries, to cell therapy manufacturing.

According to a recent Cytiva news release, 440 cell-based and cell therapy clinical trials were ongoing in 2020. As cell therapies are approved by regulatory bodies around the world, there is a pressing and immediate need to industrialise and automate the workflow.

By automating manual portions of the cell therapy manufacturing workflow, the combined team hope to facilitate the flexibility and speed required to accelerate the manufacture of next generation therapeutics.

“Cell therapies have the potential to transform global healthcare, but their true potential will not be realized until the manufacturing workflow is fully automated. Our collaboration with Multiply Labs will enable us to develop a system that will advance and accelerate the commercial manufacturing of these novel therapeutics to help get them to the patients who need them most,” explained Catarina Flyborg, Vice President of Cytiva.

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The collaboration will incorporate Cytiva’s industry expertise with Multiply Labs’ automation and robotics experience to develop a proof of concept for a robotic system. The approach is reportedly the first-of-its-kind, featuring a cloud-controlled manufacturing system that consists of multiple modules organized around a shared transfer system.

Fred Parietti, Co-founder and CEO of Multiply Labs, added:

“Advanced robotics has been successfully applied to numerous high-value, high-scale manufacturing processes, from automotives to semiconductors. Combining Cytiva’s process expertise and market-leading technology with our robotics hardware and software expertise has the potential to radically accelerate the development and adoption of these life-saving drugs.”

The team claims a robotic system of this nature will enable an increased output as well as greater flexibility and easier GMP qualification.

Source: Cytiva press release
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