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Decentralised manufacturing of cell and gene therapy products: Learning from other healthcare sectors

Harrison, RP; Ruck, S; Rafiq, QA; Medcalf, N; (2018) Decentralised manufacturing of cell and gene therapy products: Learning from other healthcare sectors. Biotechnology Advances , 36 (2) pp. 345-357. 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.12.013. Green open access

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Abstract

Decentralised or 'redistributed' manufacturing represents an attractive choice for production of some cell and gene therapies (CGTs), in particular personalised therapies. Decentralised manufacturing splits production into various locations or regions and in doing so, imposes organisational changes on the structure of a company. This confers a significant advantage by democratising supply, creating jobs without geographical restriction to the central hub and allowing a more flexible response to external pressures and demands. This comes with challenges that need to be addressed including, a reduction in oversight, decision making and control by central management which can be critical in maintaining quality in healthcare product manufacturing. The unwitting adoption of poor business strategies at an early stage in development has the potential to undermine the market success of otherwise promising products. To maximise the probability of realising the benefits that decentralised manufacturing of CGTs has to offer, it is important to examine alternative operational paradigms to learn from their successes and to avoid their failures. Whilst no other situation is quite the same as CGTs, some illustrative examples of established manufacturing paradigms are described. Each of these shares a unique attribute with CGTs which aids understanding of how decentralised manufacturing might be implemented for CGTs in a similar manner. In this paper we present a collection of paradigms that can be drawn on in formulating a roadmap to success for decentralised production of CGTs.

Type: Article
Title: Decentralised manufacturing of cell and gene therapy products: Learning from other healthcare sectors
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.12.013
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.12.013
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Keywords: Cell & Gene Therapy, Centralised manufacturing, Decentralised manufacturing, Decision making, Organisational innovation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Biochemical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044902
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