The latest from CellCAN !

Find here brief updates about our activities. If you would like to share some news with our Network or need more information about some of our initiatives, don't hesitate to contact us! 

BREAKING THE MOLD: FLOURISHING MULTICENTRE TRIALS IN CANADA – CELLCAN'S TMM WORKSHOP

Would submission of a package to a single Review Ethics Board in Canada be the answer to the contemporary challenges of collaborative multicentre research? Is there a proofed way of producing cells for multicentre clinical trial? How can we ensure regulatory compliance in a clinical trial occurring in multiple sites? Those are some of the questions that were addressed at CellCAN's workshop ‘'Breaking the mold: flourishing multicentre trials in Canada'' on November 7th at the Till & McCulloch Meetings in Mont-Tremblant. Missed it? The presentations are exclusively available here.

BUILDING A STRONG CELL & GENE MANUFACTURING NETWORK THROUGH THE EXTRANET

Did you know CellCAN has a highly secured web-based platform for sharing knowledge? Called the Extranet, it allows private groups to be created, enables protocol sharing between sites and facilitates the flow of information for multicentre clinical trials. The Extranet is specifically designed to ensure the confidentiality of data and maintain IP-protection. The objectives of this Extranet are to: Facilitate the sharing of technical information between the cell and tissue therapy centres; Facilitate communications between experts; Facilitate new and existing collaborative projects; Share and implement best practices across Canada.

Want to join the Extranet? Contact us via our Helpdesk

BENCH TO BEDSIDE FOR BIOTHERAPEUTICS (B3) WORKSHOP: A FIRST EDITION AND A CLEAR SUCCESS

On October 5th, the Clinical Translation Education Group (CTEG; CellCAN, BiocanRX, Stem Cell Network, Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Canadian Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness) held its first collaborative workshop in Toronto. Over 100 trainees were able to learn on the various opportunities and hurdles faced when developing new therapies and especially about ways to overcome these challenges, from translation to reimbursement. CellCAN's two representatives, Friederike Pfau (Loex) and Gayle Piat (ACTM) discussed how to transition research projects into a GMP environment and shared an empirical perspective of the unique challenges of the workflow in a GMP lab. The first edition of this workshop was a resounding success, and subsequent workshops are currently in the works – stay tuned.

Fortunately, if you missed the B3 Workshop, videos from the presentations are available here.

STRONG CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT ISCT 2018

The Canadian Pavilion at ISCT 2018 in Montreal is promising to be a success! CellCAN is proud to announce that more than 10 partners from coast to coast have already joined the Canadian Pavilion: BCRegMed, BioCanRx, C3i, CCRM, Héma-Québec, McGill Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Network, OIRM, Stem Cell Network and ThéCell will be part of this 2nd edition of the Canadian Pavilion. The meeting will be taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from May 2-5, 2018. ISCT 2018 is expected to draw over 1600 of the world's leading cell and gene therapy scientists, clinicians, policy makers, regulators, and product developers. Think your organization could be interested in joining this initiative? Hurry up, only 2 more spots are available! Contact us today.

LINKING WITH HEALTH CANADA

The Health Canada Cell Therapy Stakeholder Group (CTSG) held its 5th meeting on December 7, 2018. The minutes will be available shortly on the CTSG page of our Website. Have questions for Health Canada? Don't hesitate to contact us via our Helpdesk. Your question might be on the next agenda. A FAQ is also being developed following discussions with Health Canada. It will be available shortly – stay tuned!

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