Apheresis Optimization in Gene and Immunotherapy Development in Non-Mobilized Patients and Donors On-Demand eCast (AABB Center for Cellular Therapies), February 23, 2017-February 23, 2019
Description: Over the last few years we have witnessed significant growth in the number of clinical trials for cell based gene and immunotherapies. The clinical results have many suggesting that 2 or 3 of these therapies may reach the commercial stage within the next three years. Apheresis is critical first step in the development of many of these products. The need for good quality products that balance yield and purity has brought the topic of optimized apheresis collections into the spotlight. The impact of commercial availability may impact the need for apheresis products and those who collect, deliver and process them. This program will bring together three important perspectives; the clinician, the immunotherapy developer and the contract manufacturing organization. Speakers will discuss use of currently available apheresis devices to collect leukapheresis products from non-mobilized patients/donors – addressing the variables that can affect quality and quantity of cells collected, and the downstream effects on manufacturing processes.

Optimizing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Collections (ASFA), September 13, 2017
Description: Join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET for our live webinar presented by Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD.

Vascular Access in Apheresis - Thinking Peripherally (ASFA), December 2016
Description: The webinar reviews the different types of vascular access used in apheresis; reviews the benefits and risks associated with each type of vascular access; highlights the experience of Houston Methodist Hospital in successful peripheral cannulation of apheresis patients.

Temperature and Humidity Control in Collection Facilities (FACT), July 27, 2016
Description: This webinar was held live on July 27, 2016. Dr. Chris Carey, from Hoxworth Blood Center University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, gave an overview of and rationale for requirements for temperature and humidity control in collection facilities.

Challenges and Optimization of Apheresis Collection for Immunotherapy in Non-Mobilized Patients and Donors (ISCT), April 2016
Description: The purpose of this webinar is to describe the underlying principles of apheresis, review specific challenges in non-mobilized apheresis and areas where performance optimization may best help meet manufacturing requirements.

Part I – Implementing Changes from the 6th Edition FACT Cellular Therapy Standards: Clinical and Collection Requirements (FACT), February 25, 2015
Description: This webinar was live on February 25, 2015. Dr. Philip McCarthy provided specific examples for transplant programs and collection facilities to effectively implement significant changes required by the 6th Edition of Standards.

Dendritic Cell Vaccines for Prostate Cancer (ASFA)
Description: Online registration for the webinar on January 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm ET.

Marrow Collection Procedures Video (NMDP/Be The Match, Available to members of NMDP/Be The Match or CIBMTR Networks)
Description: View examples of current best practices in standard marrow collection methods to help you collect the best possible product while ensuring donor safety.

Pediatric Stem Cell Collection (ASFA) 
Description: This webinar addresses how to recognize the unique aspects of pediatric stem cell collections such as size, lines, and primes; identify diseases for which pediatric stem cell collection may be performed; address product volume collection challenges.

Unexpected Reactions in Donor & Therapeutic Apheresis Procedures (ASFA) 
Description: This webinar reviews common and uncommon adverse events associated with apheresis procedures, discusses mechanisms of select adverse events and potential interference therapeutic drug levels, and considers interventions to minimize undesirable effects during or after apheresis procedures.

Proficiency Testing for Transfusion Medicine (CAP) 
Description: Several proficiency tests for Transfusion Medicine related to Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells are available through the College of American Pathologists.

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