Sunday 30 July 2023

Cost Reduction Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy


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The field of cell and gene therapy has seen tremendous advancements in recent years, offering unprecedented hope for patients suffering from previously untreatable conditions. As these groundbreaking therapies gain recognition, a crucial challenge emerges: high manufacturing costs that hinder their widespread accessibility. Ingenious E-Brain’s report on “Cost Reduction Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy” comprehensively explores cutting-edge technologies to address this critical issue.


By Nitin Jinda


The emergence of genetic engineering and recombinant DNA technologies in the early 1970s created an inflection point across the therapeutic sector, intending to alleviate chronic ailments using gene editing techniques. Gene therapy has been evolving as an innovative & enticing approach to effectively deliver & incorporate therapeutic genes at a cellular level using vectors, thereby treating human genetic disorders. However, the treatment cost is one of the influencing factors determining the extent of accessibility & affordability of cell & gene therapies worldwide. The price range of cell & gene therapy is based on the value of a life saved or the improved quality of life within a specific timeframe, also referred to as quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gains.


To illustrate, the expected price to genetically treat Metachromatic Leukodystrophy—an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder (LSD)— using AVXS-101 (brand name: Zolgensma) is around 2 million Euros per treatment. In addition, the US-based biopharmaceutical company, CSL Behring, has got approval from FDA for its recently developed one-time gene therapy against hemophilia B, Hemgenix. It would cost USD 3.5 million per treatment. The average healthcare expenses to treat or control hemophilia for a lifetime likely reach USD 20 million due to repetitive courses of treatment for an extended period.


Although, it is only feasible for some to spend hefty amounts on genetic disorders treatment. Hence, various companies in the field of biomedical treatment are innovating cost-effective & easily accessible cell & gene therapies. Industries have explored numerous innovative solutions to enable cell and gene therapies to reach more patients. In the last five recent years, researchers have recognized several cost-effective, time or process-efficient technologies to improve the overall manufacturing process of cell and gene therapies.


The exclusive report on “Cost Reduction Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy” by Ingenious Ee-Brain focus on various cost-effective upstream technologies, such as the optimization of different viral & non-viral vectors and capsid-engineered viral particles, AI-mediated/in-silico-based vector designing, cell culturing methods, AI-assisted genetic/epigenetic modifications, etc. Further, it talks about, recently explored refining technologies such as closed bioreactor systems equipped with tiny, automated sensors; magnetic beads; and novel resins; along with novel packaging/ manufacturing methodologies for therapeutic formulation.


The report also covers how AI contributes to generating effective cell/gene therapies, thereby reducing the overall developmental cost of therapeutic candidates expended on R&D activities. AI can significantly accelerate the pace of CAR-T cell/ vector systems designing, feeding, and control. The chapter on AI/ML-based systems for in silico screening of thousands of CAR/ genetic constructs to identify candidates with high binding affinity to the target cell for immune system activation. This will also unleash the potential of AI in developing personalized DNA/mRNA/CAR-T-based therapies.


The report thoroughly investigates an array of innovative cost reduction technologies that can revolutionize cell and gene therapy manufacturing. These technologies encompass various aspects of the production process, targeting key cost drivers such as raw material acquisition, labor expenses, and quality control. By adopting these advancements, manufacturers can streamline operations and enhance efficiency, ultimately leading to more affordable therapies.


The report shines a spotlight on successful case studies where cost reduction technologies have already made a significant impact. These real-world examples demonstrate how companies and research institutions have leveraged innovative solutions to lower production costs without compromising on product quality or patient safety. These inspiring stories showcase the tangible benefits of embracing transformative technologies and serve as a testament to the potential of cost-effective manufacturing.


To ensure practical implementation, the report on “Cost Reduction Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy” offers a thorough scalability analysis of each technology. Manufacturers need to assess how well these solutions can adapt to larger production volumes as demand increases. Moreover, understanding the current readiness level of each technology is crucial for seamless integration into existing manufacturing processes. The report evaluates the maturity and feasibility of these technologies, providing valuable insights for stakeholders to plan for the future.


Stakeholders gain valuable insights into the diverse range of cost reduction technologies available, empowering them to make informed decisions and invest strategically. Learning from successful case studies inspires confidence in the potential of these technologies to revolutionize manufacturing and make therapies more affordable for patients. Assessing scalability and readiness levels aids in selecting the most suitable technologies for individual manufacturing processes, ensuring seamless integration and long-term success.


The report on “Cost Reduction Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy” marks a pivotal step toward unlocking affordable innovations in the industry. As the demand for these life-changing therapies grows, addressing the cost challenge becomes paramount. By embracing cutting-edge technologies, learning from successful case studies, and collaborating with industry peers, we can usher in a future where cell and gene therapies are accessible to all in need. Together, we can make a profound impact on patients' lives and revolutionize the landscape of modern medicine.


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