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Nancy H. Collins, PhD

Dr. Collins has 33 years experience in laboratory operations in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, cellular therapy, and standards development and compliance. She was Laboratory Director of the stem cell processing laboratory for 26 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Bone Marrow Transplantation program under Dr. Richard J. O’Reilly, until her retirement, specializing in T cell depletion in allogeneic related and unrelated donor transplantation. She also directed MSKCC programs for autologous stem cell and cord blood processing, cryopreservation, storage, and release. She co-founded the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) in 1992 with Dr. Adrian Gee, served as its first president and is currently an emeritus member of North America Legal and Regulatory Affairs. She was co-editor-in–chief for the ISCT journal for 7 years and helped create its newsletter, the Telegraft. Dr. Collins was a member of the founding board of FACT, and has served on the FACT standards committees for both cellular therapy and cord blood banking and been an inspector and trainer in both areas, including Category 2 (more than minimal manipulation). Dr. Collins has also served on the AABB Cellular Therapy Standards Committee and been a member or chair of the NMDP Standards Committee (1995-2001), and the Research and Publications Committee, She was also on the BOD of the altruistic kidney donor organization, The Alliance for Paired Donation. She is currently working part-time as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toledo, helping to establish an autologous transplantation laboratory, and programs in mentoring and development of women in science.

Areas of Expertise

 

  • Hematopoietic stem cell graft research, development, and processing
  • Stem cell and cellular therapy cryopreservation, storage, and release
  • Immunotherapy development and translation
  • Cellular therapy, cord blood banking, and regenerative medicine standards compliance
  • Standards development
  • Quality systems
  • Laboratory management

Scope of Experience

26 years research and management in clinical stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy
20 years FACT Cellular Therapy Laboratory inspector, including more-than-minimal manipulation
16 years FACT/NETCORD Cord Blood Bank inspector

Market Sector Focus

Processing and graft engineering for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy
Stem cell graft and cellular therapy standards compliance
Cord blood bank standards compliance

Relevant Assignments

  • Performed more than 20 FACT cell processing laboratory and cord blood bank inspections.
  • FACT Board Member (1996-2010)
  • FACT Cellular Therapy Accreditation Committee member (1995-2015)
  • FACT Cord Blood Accreditation Committee member (2006-2015)
  • FACT Quality Management Committee and Quality Manual Committee (2008-Present)
  • ISCT president (1993-1995), Chair of the Board (1996-1997)
  • ISCT co-editor-in-chief J. Hematotherapy and Cytotherapy (1997-2002), editorial board (to present)
  • MSKCC IND Review Committee
  • USP Cell and Gene Therapy Expert Committee
  • AABB Standards Committee
  • NMDP Standards Committee
  • ASBMT member

Qualifications & Registrations

  • Lifetime member ISCT
  • New York State Dept. of Health Certificate of Qualification ( to 2007) for cellular immunology, lymphoid function & immunophenotyping, and non-lymphoid analysis)
  • New York City Fire Dept. C14 Certificate of Fitness for Supervision of Non-production Chemical Laboratories (to 2007)
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