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Regulatory Readiness for a Superior Microfluidic CAR-T Therapy Cell Processing System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2SB1CA228616-04
Agency Tracking Number: SB1CA228616
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NCI
Solicitation Number: PAR20-128
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-31
Small Business Information
Richmond, VA 23219-1551
United States
DUNS: 832526581
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (650) 283-9723
Research Institution

The objective of this Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) project is to advance toward
regulatory approval the GPB Scientific Curate™ Cell Processing System to enrich leukocytes for use in
chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy. In autologous CAR-T therapy, white blood cells are
collected from cancer patients, enriched, genetically modified to respond to their cancer, expanded in culture
and then infused back into the original patient. With four CAR-T therapies approved by the FDA to date and
rt200 more in development, there is a critical unmet need to improve CAR-T manufacturing efficiency as
production is scaled up for widespread patient use. The proprietary Curate technology uses deterministic
lateral displacement (DLD) microfluidics to separate WBCs based on size in order to simplify and accelerate an
early step in the manufacture of CAR-T therapies.
This project directly addresses the purpose of the CRP (PAR-20-128) program in that it will advance the
transition of a current Phase II STTR project to the market by funding medical device characterization studies
that are required to prepare a Type II Drug Master File (DMF) with the FDA as the next step toward
commercialization. GPB is completing Phase II of a Fast-Track STTR project to optimize the Curate system to
process an entire leukapheresis unit (up to 500 ml) in 1 hr with rt70% WBC and T-cell recovery, rt90%
depletion of RBCs, rt80% depletion of PLTs, and rt70% recovery of T-cell expansion capacity. This represents
a substantial increase in WBC output and recovery over current methods and will be an important
manufacturing advantage.
GPB developed a regulatory strategy and is ready to advance the Curate Cell Processing System toward
clinical use. Aim 1 is to conduct verification testing to prove that the outputs of the product meet the specified
product requirements or design inputs. This will consist of 9 tests required for the Product Requirements (PRD)
Document, one of which will be performed to the break point to determine the upper limits of performance. Aim
2 is to perform tests of biocompatibility, leachability/extractability and sterility. These tests are required to
confirm the initial safety of the Curate DLD cassettes in processing patient cells for autologous therapy.
Completion of these tests with a “pass” will signify that the product is safe and ready for market distribution.
Successful completion of this CRP project is a required first step in submitting a Type II DMF with the FDA to
advance the Curate Cell Processing System into the market for use in CAR-T therapy manufacture. There will
be an immediate market for this device to support clinical ongoing trials of CAR-T therapy and for clinical use.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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