Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What makes the Cell Therapy Bioprocessing event unique to the production of cell therapies?

The Cell Therapy Bioprocsesing event taking place October 21-22, 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland.  For more information on the event, download the agenda.  If you'd like to join us, as a reader of this blog, you're can save 20% off the standard rate when you register to join us and mention code B13188JP20!

Leading up to the Cell Therapy BioProcessing event, we've interviewed several of the key stakeholders who helped shape this year's event.  We'll start by looking at the recent interview we conduced with Event Chair Lee Buckler, the Founder and Managing Director of the Cell Therapy Group.

Today, Buckler answers the question:
Given the maturity of well-established bioprocessing conferences, is there really a need for a bioprocessing event unique to the production of cell therapies?

Lee: Well, it’s a good question and generally I’m of the opinion that there are too many conferences with overlapping topics. But I think what we have found really valuable about this Event is that it not only emphasizes the importance of cell therapy and the unique challenges of cell therapy bioprocessing to the traditional way of the processing community, but vice versa it’s been a forum for us to leverage the existing expertise and experience of traditional biotech bioprocessing into cell therapy.

I think a lot of times the people involved in the manufacturing of cell therapies are people who grew up with cell therapies and haven’t necessarily been exposed to some of the solutions and technologies and platforms that have already been used for other kinds of biologics. So, having this Event has been able to create a forum where we can motivate that cross flow of expertise
and experience, which I think is really critical. While there’s many shared aspects of bioprocessing common to cell therapy with other predecessor biologics, there’s a lot of things also that you need.

You can download Lee's full podcast here. Next week, Lee will look at what is unique about this conference.


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1 comment :

Amy Terry said...

I downloaded it. Its was worth reading.

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