The challenge of raw material variability and strategies for standardization

The advancement of cell therapies depends on the success of industry-wide efforts to reduce variability in source materials, manufacturing processes, and analytical strategies. A newly-published paper in Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine identifies several sources of variability throughout the cell therapy supply chain, manufacturing process, and release testing, and identifies standardization efforts, automation strategies, and

Come see Akron at Autumn 2019 Conferences!

As Autumn quickly approaches and conference season begins, the Akron Biotech team is preparing to participate in several events showcasing talks by leading industry experts and exhibitions spanning the cell, gene and biotech therapeutic industries. These events offer a great opportunity for Akron to better understand our clients’ challenges, global regulatory directives and how our

DMSO induces drastic changes in human cellular processes and epigenetic landscape in vitro

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is an organic solvent that is widely used as cryoprotectant for freezing cells and tissues. Clinically, DMSO is considered a potent anti-inflammatory, nerve blocker (analgesic), diuretic, vasodilator and muscle relaxer. In cells, DMSO is used to induce differentiation, as a free radical scavenger, and most notably, to prevent ice formation during cryopreservation.

Akron Joins Leading Companies and Research Institutions at the ARMI | BioFabUSA Spring Summit to Accelerate Innovation in Tissue Engineering

Akron Biotech recently participated in the ARMI | BioFabUSA Spring Summit in Manchester, NH, joining several leading research institutions and companies to continue charting a path forward for the tissue engineering industry. If we think about innovation as a process of bringing old ideas together to make new things, then ARMI is uniquely suited to

Human-Derived Plasma Ancillary Materials for Cell Therapies: What Virus Inactivation Methods Should You Consider?

Human plasma is defined as “clear, straw colored, complex liquid that is 7% protein, 91% water, and 0.9% mineral salts” and can be derived from Source or Recovered Plasma. Today, human plasma is used to produce several ancillary materials such as Human AB Serum, Human Fibronectin, Human Serum Albumin (HSA), and Human Vitronectin. These materials

Trifunctional natural killer cell engagers show potential for solid tumor cancer therapies

Many cancer therapies that have emerged in the past decade have been developed to increase anti-tumor immunity. Specifically, these therapies promote innate and adaptive immune responses and equip the body’s own immune system to work as a weapon against tumors. Currently, most approaches have focused on enhancing T cell responses. One such approach targets inhibitory

Manufacturing Scale Up

The problems that arise when scaling up from small research batches to pilot-scale production to large-scale manufacturing aren’t always what you might expect them to be. While the concentration of the components in the formulation may not change, plenty of subtle idiosyncrasies noticed in the research phase can become huge hurdles on the commercial end

Circulating exosomes derived from transplanted progenitor cells aid the functional recovery of ischemic myocardium

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. This field has been the focus of several novel stem/progenitor cell-based therapies. These therapies have shown promising results in human clinical trials. Studies have demonstrated that cardiac progenitor cells (CPC; c-kit+/Lin−) and cardiomyocyte-derived cells (CDCs) from human neonatal cardiac tissue can reduce heart scar