Allogene, Notch Partner to Develop iPSC-Derived Blood Cancer Therapies

GEN | November 05, 2019

Allogene Therapeutics will partner with Notch Therapeutics to research and develop induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) AlloCAR™ therapies for initial blood cancer indications that include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma, the companies said today, through an exclusive worldwide collaboration and license agreement that could generate more than $300 million for Notch. Under their partnership, Allogene and Notch plan to create allogeneic cell therapy candidates from T cells or natural killer (NK) cells using Notch’s Engineered Thymic Niche (ETN) platform, created to offer potential flexibility and scalability for the production of stem cell-derived immune cell therapies. ETN is designed to enable the expansion of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiation of iPSCs from mature immune cells in scalable, fully defined, feeder-free and serum-free cultures into T cells that can be genetically tailored for any T cell-based immunotherapeutic application. The platform uses genetically tailored stem cells as a renewable source for creating allogeneic T cell therapies that are designed, according to Notch, to deliver safer, consistently manufactured and more cost-effective cell immunotherapies to patients.

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Phosphorylated compounds such as nucleotides are known to interact with stainless steel components leading to recovery issues in HPLC and LC/MS. This Application Note describes the analysis of nucleotides using the Agilent 1260 Infinity II Bio-Inert LC System and a PEEK-lined Agilent InfinityLab Poroshell 120 HILIC-Z column. The fully inert flowpath, governed by the setup, leads to substantially improved recoveries of these challenging phosphorylated solutes

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