AUTOMATED CULTURE OF LYMPHOKINE-ACTIVATED KILLER CELLS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$48,965.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1989
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
11148
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Endotronics Inc
8500 Evergreen Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN, 55433
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
ADOPTIVE CELLULAR IMMUNOTHERAPY HAS RECENTLY DEMONSTRATED ENORMOUS PROMISE AS A METASTATIC CANCER TREATMENT. DESPITE THIS PROMISE, LYMPHOKINE-ACTIVATED KILLER (LAK) CELL THERAPY HAS BEEN SEVERELY LIMITED BY THE PROHIBITIVE TASK OF IN VITRO IMMUNE CELL PROLIFERATION. RECENTLY, HOLLOW-FIBER MAMMALIAN CELL CULTURE INSTRUMENTATION HAS BEEN APPLIED TO LAK CELL CULTURE. THIS TECHNOLOGY GENERATEDLARGE NUMBERS OF CELLS THAT LED TO SUCCESSFUL SAFETY STUDIESON HUMAN PATIENTS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I RESEARCH IS TO BUILD ON THIS EXPERIENCE AND DEVELOP PROCESS CONTROL MECHANISMS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR INSTRUMENTATION THAT FITS SCALE-UP REQUIREMENTS OF LAK CELL CULTURES. THE OVERALL PHASE II GOAL IS TO DEVELOP A COST-EFFECTIVE INSTRUMENT THAT AUTOMATES ALL CULTURE METHODOLOGY REQUIRED BY IMMUNE CELL THERAPEUTICS. AUTOMATED LARGE-SCALE CULTURE IN HOLLOW-FIBER BIOREACTORS INCORPORATES SEVERAL COMPUTERIZED PROCESS CONTROL SCHEMES THAT MAINTAIN CULTURES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. PHASE I RESEARCHWILL BEGIN SPECIFIC PROCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENT NEEDED TO SCALE UP AND OPTIMIZE THE LAK CELL CULTURE ENVIRONMENT. A LAK CELL-SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT WILL BE DEVELOPED IN PHASE II. THIS INSTRUMENT WILL MEET THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC NEEDS OF COMMERCIAL APPLICATION, YET ENHANCE INDIVIDUAL IMMUNE CELL THERAPEUTICS.

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