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By Olga Laskina, PhD.

December 23, 2020

With the growth of gene and cell therapies, there is an increased need to characterize container closure systems (CCS) at the low temperatures experienced during their lifecycles: ultra-low (-80°C) for genes and cryogenic (-180°C) for cells. West’s Integrated Solutions platform includes the state-of-the-art container closure integrity (CCI) capabilities needed for these therapies.

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By Page McAndrew, PhD

September 04, 2020

Gene therapies are stored and shipped at ultra-low temperature (approximately -80oC, either in a refrigerator or on dry ice). This provides a challenge to the primary package systems in maintaining container closure integrity (CCI), especially systems comprising glass vials and elastomer stoppers. These materials have different coefficients of thermal expansion. Upon cooling from room temperature to ultra-low temperature, they contract at different rates; this may lead to gaps and CCI loss.

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By Abigail Hisler

July 27, 2020

Research in the area of cell and gene therapies started almost 40 years ago, however recently there has been a surge of activity including landmark regulatory approvals for therapies treating chronic and rare diseases. In 2017 and 2018 the FDA approved the first two CART-T cell therapies for cancer treatment and the first two gene therapies for rare diseases. All four of these cell and gene therapies were approved under the FDA Accelerated Approval Program, aimed at expediting approvals for life saving drug therapies. These regulatory programs have the potential to shorten drug development as much as 1-3 years. Currently, there are more than 1,000 regenerative medicine clinical trials underway globally1, and the market is expected to grow rapidly over the next 10+ years.