Understanding Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing

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Course Overview


The cell and gene therapy sector (or ATMPs) continues to grow with an increasing number of therapies progressing through clinical development. As a result, manufacturing output and personnel continues to rise. However, cell therapy manufacturing and gene therapy manufacturing are complex and differ significantly to other industries. Professionals must refine their knowledge and skills to stay up to date in this fast-moving industry.


This training course provides manufacturing/production personal with the skill and knowledge to perform with confidence. During the course you will examine manufacturing techniques and process for both cell and gene therapies. You will review the EMA and FDA guidelines for working with cells specifically looking at aseptic GMP working environments. You will examine the importance of cryogenics and a freeze/thaw protocol on product quality. Finally, you will understand common logistical and supply chain issues and strategies to overcome them.


With the Educo Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP) you will have the framework to apply and implement the knowledge acquired in the training, supporting you in your development. Learn more about how we deliver live online training.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Examine manufacturing techniques and processes for cell therapies, gene-modified cell therapies and gene therapies.
  • Review and examine various CGT products including; induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), CAR T and haematopoietic stem cells.
  • Learn the importance of aseptic working in a GMP environment to maintain compliance
  • Examine in depth cell therapy manufacturing so you understand key processes and techniques
  • Analyse gene therapy manufacturing so you understand key processes and techniques
  • Understand the regulatory requirements for working with genetically modified cells to ensure compliance with EU and US
  • Appreciate the challenges of supply change, logistics and patient location on patient delivery
  • Understand the importance of developing an effective freeze/thaw protocol to minimise potency and save money
Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP)


  • Access to the Educo Training Portal
  • Submit your needs analysis and objectives for training by completing a simple online form

Action Plan

  • At the end of the training you will create an action plan to help you implement and develop your new skills and knowledge

Reinforcement Session

  • Delivered 3 to 4 weeks after the training
  • It is a 1 hour virtual session enabling the group to reinforce the key learnings from the training and cover and subsequent questions and challenges
Module 1
FREE to Attend

60 mins

Understanding cell & gene therapies and the differences between them

  • Important definitions between cell therapy, gene-modified cell therapy and gene therapy
  • Ex vivo vs in vivo gene therapy
  • Autologous vs allogeneic products
  • Example products, including NK cells, Stem Cells, CAR T
  • Brief overview of the manufacturing process in cell vs gene therapies
Module 2

120 mins

Deep dive into cell therapy manufacturing processes

This session will provide you with a detailed overview of the manufacturing processes of cell therapies. You will be able to easily understand key processes.

  • Understand that autologous cell therapy includes receiving starting material obtained via apheresis from the patient and allogeneic from a donor. Understand that ex vivo culture is required, with details on how this is achieved, before patient infusion.
  • Understand that gene-modified cell therapies have an additional modification step, where gene transfer or gene editing changes the cell phenotype (such as with CAR T) before infusion.
  • Understand that genetic modification can be achieved via means other than viral vector technology: naked DNA, CRISPR/CAS9 and electroporation
Module 3

120 mins

Deep dive into gene therapy manufacturing

This session will provide you with a detailed overview of the manufacturing processes of gene therapies. Once completed you will understand the key processes.

  • Understand that Gene therapy is designed to genetically modify cells to compensate for abnormal genes or to make a beneficial protein
  • Understand how the corrective gene is maintained
  • Understand the rational to use different methods to genetically modify cells including viral and non-viral vectors
  • Ex vivo vs in vivo gene therapy
  • Germ line vs somatic
Module 4

120 mins

Understanding best practice for working with cells

In this session you will understand the practices which need to be adopted when working with genetically modified cell lines to produce cell and gene therapies.

  • Guidelines on good manufacturing
  • Practice EU vs US regulations
  • Cell collection, culture, modification, storage, infusion
  • Air quality – understanding that contamination can occur via airborne particles and aspects such as air filtration and particle counting needs to be measured
  • Quality control and drug product release
  • Identity, Viability, Microbiological Sterility
  • Sterility testing of cell therapy products
Module 5

120 mins

The Importance of cryogenics

In this session you will learn that some raw materials and final products need to be cryogenically frozen for storage and transportation. You will learn about important consideration for this process.

  • Definitions
  • Why is it important – inadequate freezing can result in a direct loss of potency which costs money and compromises patient safety
  • Products frozen at -130 degrees
  • Selecting the best cryoprotective agent and rate-controlled freezing protocol
  • GMP management of a cold space – logistics and distribution
Module 6

120 mins

Logistical considerations

In this session you will understand how complexities of supply chain and logistics impact therapeutic delivery. You will learn that patient locations and timeframes have on delivery.

  • Supply chain considerations: cell lines, plasmids, tissue culture materials – where are they coming from, how is quality ensured?
  • Transportation and storage – where is the modification taking place in relation to the patient.
  • Should there be a satellite site for modification steps?
  • Quality tests times may exceed the shelf life of the drug products which may be released at risk – what are the ethical and regulatory guidelines concerning this
  • The importance of working with hospital staff to ensure efficiency.




This course is aimed at professionals who work in CGT production/manufacturing. It has been designed for people transitioning from pharmaceutical/biotech manufacturing into cell and gene therapy manufacturing.


These include: Process Scientists | Process Development Personnel | Production Personnel/Technicians | Analytical Scientists | Process Engineers | Quality Professionals | CMC Regulatory Affairs.

Free First Module and Pricing
  • Module 1 is free to attend for this live online course and is delivered a few weeks before the start date.
  • To enrol onto module 1, please submit your email at the top of the page.
  • All sessions are recorded. If you are unable to attend module 1, you can catch up ahead of the course start date.
  • You will receive a Super Early Bird discount if you purchase the course before module 1.
  • If you decide to purchase the course after module 1, but before the start date you will receive an Early Bird Discount.
  • To sign up to the free first module provide your email address in the form at the top of the page.

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