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Authentication and Characterization of Animal Cell Lines:
The Impact on Research

By Yvonne A. Reid, PhD (, Collection/Research Scientist, Cell Biology Program; ATCC, Manassas, Virginia.

Applying Modern Design of Experiments to Mass Transfer Characterization in Bioreactors

By Priyal Sheth, associate bioprocess engineer; and Semsi Ensari, PhD, ( senior bioprocess engineer; Ambrx, Inc., La Jolla, California.

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News from FDA

Public Advisory Committee Meeting Regarding the Potential Licensing of a Cell Therapy: October 9, 2009

Public Workshop On How To Do Better Cancer
Vaccine Clinical Trials: October 27, 2009

Two NEW Guidance Documents: Cancer Vaccines
and Pancreatic Islet Transplants
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Our initial focus will be on the toughest applications which tend to receive very little coverage elsewhere, such as viral gene vectors and cellular products. But as things progress and interest is expressed, we’ll be adding Development Groups to cover applications such as vaccines, antibodies, recombinant proteins, and tissue regeneration.

Each technology and application will have its own Development Group with one or more Reviewers and numerous contributors.

Development Groups
  • Viral Vectors
  • Cellular Products
  • Safety and Efficacy
  • Cell Banking
  • Vaccines
  • Antibodies and Recombinant
  • Facilities
  • Quality Systems
Technologies will include essentially all the unit operations and support functions involved in bioprocessing, such as cell engineering and banking, cell culture scale-up, filtration, purification, media development, assay development, regulatory affairs, and facility design.
Content formats will include streaming video, YouTube postings, automated PowerPoint presentations; and of course PDF, HTML, Word, and Excel docs.

We will be posting valuable information from key technology supply firms. As with our other primary content, these postings will have been assessed for their balance and credibility, and will include application data, tutorials, articles, presentations, and case histories.

Then in our Supplier-Side column, we will post materials with clear commercial content such as infomercials, ads, press releases and promotions. And while some of these will be sponsored postings, other valuable resources will appear with no strings attached.