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Meeting on the Med 2022 | Addressing challenges in using MSCs in cell therapies

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have demonstrated potential in cell therapies, as they have unique immunomodulatory properties. Ross Macdonald, PhD, Cynata Therapeutics, Melbourne, Australia, comments on the hurdles in commercializing MSC-based cell therapies. Unlike autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies, MSCs are derived from allogeneic sources, which in itself presents logistical issues in terms of obtaining enough donors. Cell expansion for commercial usage additionally is an issue, as MSCs become less potent as they expand, and Dr Macdonald presents solutions offered by Cynata Therapeutics that attempt to overcome the aforementioned barriers. This interview was conducted during Meeting on the Mediterranean 2022.