Application Deadline- June 30, 2018
The EU-funded project Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs) for Advanced Therapies (CARAT) aims to develop a new, comprehensive platform for innovative cell manufacturing technologies as part of the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. In order to accomplish the goal of providing safe, automated and cost-efficient manufacture of effective CAR T cells for personalised cancer therapies, CARAT, consisting of eight partners from four European countries, was initiated. Within the framework of CARAT, two training courses on GMP-compliant CAR T cell manufacturing will be organised. After the successful 1st training event in 2017, the 2nd training event will take place in December 2018 at Miltenyi Biotec’s headquarters in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.
The CARAT training Fellowship
The fellowship is tailored towards experienced scientists in the cellular and gene therapy field, who expect to initiate clinical applications in the near future. The 5-day training course will transmit know-how on GMP-compliant CAR T cell manufacturing, with a focus on practical, regulatory and scientific matters, to five selected trainees. Objectives of the training event include an introduction to cell separation technology, a deep overview of the T cell transduction (TCT) process on the automated CliniMACS Prodigy® cell processing platform, and an active exchange about regulatory requirements including clinical trial design and approval processes. After the course, each CARAT trainee will be prepared to independently perform the automated manufacture of cellular products as well as manage logistical aspects such as GMP compliance and adherence to monitoring guidelines.
Applicants from EU Member States and Associated Countries are encouraged to participate and submit their applications by June 30, 2018. Submitted applications will be carefully peer reviewed by the CARAT Steering Committee, considering the scientific background of applicants as well as gender balance and regional aspects. All applicants will be informed about the decision no later than 3 months after the submission deadline.
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