Industry News: Orgenesis to collaborate with Educell to conduct clinical validation of cell therapies

15 Jul 2020


Orgenesis has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Educell. Under the agreement, the parties plan to conduct one or more collaborative cell-based research projects aligned with local medical centers. 

The companies will leverage the Orgenesis Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) Biotech Platform which includes point of care (POCare) Networks, POCare Therapeutics and a POCare Technologies suite of proprietary and in-licensed technologies that have been engineered to create customized processing systems. The agreement is part of the Orgenesis strategy of growing and expanding the POCare Network, which includes leading hospitals and research institutes around the world. The first collaboration under the agreement will focus on the clinical development of CAR-T and whole cell-based vaccine platform for use in cancer immunotherapies. 

Vered Caplan, CEO of Orgenesis, stated, “This latest collaboration with Educell expands our activities in Europe and we believe that it should help us launch our therapies into additional European hospitals, as well as help Educell commercialize their therapies around the world. We also believe that this collaboration reinforces the significant value proposition and flexibility of our CGT Biotech Platform. We look forward to benefiting from the expertise of Educell as we seek to expand our automated T-cell culturing approach into clinical validation and commercialization phases.”

Dr Miomir Knežević, CEO of Educell, commented, “We are excited to team with Orgenesis to potentially advance these breakthrough therapies into clinical trials using cutting edge technologies. This collaboration reflects our commitment to bringing new, effective and affordable cell and gene therapy products to cancer patients worldwide while highlighting Educell’s ability to ensure safety in the process and help to reduce overall manufacturing costs.”

Together, the companies are working to addresses significant unmet market needs for producing novel cell therapies in a cost effective, high quality and scalable manner. The joint clinical development program seeks to provide safe, simplified, and cost-effective processing in an automated and controlled environment from start to finish with minimal operator intervention. 

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