POTENTIAL THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS
The ViCapsys cellular platform can be broadly applied to across the development of artificial or synthetic organs to virtually eliminate any endocrine-based disease process. Manufactured endocrine organ systems may one day eliminate the majority of diseases while allowing longer, more productive lives. For example, supplemented production of estrogen and other hormones could eliminate osteoporosis, neurodegeneration and muscle loss. ViCapsys can also facilitate the manufacture of not only a biological pancreas, but potentially also in diseases of the pituitary gland, thyroid, and parathyroid.
ViCapsys, Inc. Joins Cell Manufacturing Research Initiative
ViCapsys, Inc. has joined the new NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies, known as CMaT. The center, launched in 2017 with a $20 million investment from the National Science Foundation, aims to revolutionize the treatment of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and other disorders by enabling broad use of potentially curative therapies that utilize living cells – such as immune cells and stem cells – as “drugs.”
CMaT is a consortium of universities, companies and clinical partners brought together to develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Such cells, which are being developed by research and clinical institutions worldwide, could be used in a broad range of life-saving medical therapies.
To facilitate the widespread application of these cutting-edge emerging treatments, CMaT will develop robust and scalable technologies, innovative analytical tools, and engineering systems that will enable industry and clinical facilities to reproducibly manufacture efficient, safe and affordable cell-therapy products. The center will also develop improved models for a robust supply chain, storage and distribution system for these therapeutic cell products.
In addition to the consistent manufacture of cell-based therapies, the public-private CMaT initiative will also help develop a skilled, diverse and inclusive bio-manufacturing workforce through extensive education and training activities at the K-12, technical college, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.
“We are pleased to welcome ViCapsys to this new initiative,” said Krishnendu Roy, director of CMaT and the Robert A. Milton chair professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. “The center will develop the technologies needed to use living cells in standardized therapies by clinicians to serve large numbers of patients worldwide. We are very excited about what this will mean to the world.”
Beyond Georgia Tech, the center include major university partners – the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus – as well as affiliate partners such as the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, the Gladstone Institutes and Michigan Technological University. Additional international academic partners, as well as industry and the U.S. national laboratories, will also be critical collaborators in the effort.
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