Cardiff, UK, and Baltimore, U.S., January 29, 2018 –
TrakCel, the software developer for cell and gene therapy supply chain tracking and orchestration systems, and WindMIL Therapeutics, a clinical stage oncology cell therapy company leveraging a proprietary platform to develop a novel class of cell therapies called MILs™ (Marrow Infiltrating Lymphocytes), today announce they have partnered to build a custom-configured cellular supply chain tracking and orchestration platform to support clinical development of proprietary autologous cell therapies by WindMIL.
The supply chain platform will be used to manage WindMIL’s entire supply chain as WindMIL expands its program of cell therapy clinical trials later this year. This expansion of clinical trials follows WindMIL’s completion of a $32.5 million Series B fundraising in June 2018. WindMIL’s unique expertise in bone marrow immunology includes the only replicable and scalable process to create a cell therapy product from bone marrow-derived T cells, which are naturally tumor specific and of a memory phenotype.
The TrakCel platform will be live in over 100 sites globally by Q1 2019. This will enable WindMIL to leverage clinical site familiarity with the platform, while ensuring connectivity across all organizations and professionals involved. The system will harmonize with all partner internal systems, including those of clinical sites, couriers, CROs and CMOs. This will support an efficient and well controlled supply chain that makes the precision of collection, transportation and manufacturing visible to all involved. It also will encompass a specifically designed
interface for physicians and medical teams.
“We are excited to soon treat more patients with MILs through this expansion of our clinical trial program. MILs harness the power of the body’s own immune system, specifically cells residing in the bone marrow. We are the only company focused on manufacturing and developing this natural source of tumor-targeting, central-memory T cells,” said Brian Halak, President and CEO, WindMIL
Therapeutics. “However, developing novel cellular therapies is also about logistics. It is important for us to ensure the supply chain works for each of the individuals involved in the patient’s care and for the oncology patients themselves. We wanted to appoint a company that we saw as a partner, capable of delivering a supply chain solution that is essential for clinical success. TrakCel had the expertise and experience to achieve this.”
“The entire cell therapy sector now realizes the importance of managing and tracking the supply chain from an early stage. As a result, TrakCel is now working with a range of companies at the initiation of the clinical stage as well as at the late stage of clinical development,” said Ravi Nalliah, CEO of TrakCel. “The opportunity cost of the resources used for managing supply chains is even more important for companies at the earlier clinical stage. This means it is essential for TrakCel to continue to develop our cell therapy supply chain solutions as the cell therapy market continues to evolve.”
About TrakCel http://trakcel.com
TrakCel is the market leading designer, developer and deliverer of integrated technologies specifically created in 2012 to manage the international autologous and allogeneic cell, gene and immunotherapy supply chain. TrakCel’s software platform has been developed in collaboration with, and increasingly adopted by leading companies in the cell, gene and immunotherapy industries. TrakCel’s solutions deliver real-time control over the entire therapeutic supply chain, from sample collection through manufacturing to treatment delivery. The TrakCel platform accelerates global scale-up and scale-out of cell and gene therapy products, increasing efficiency and decreasing complexity, while maintaining needle-to-needle compliance and traceability. TrakCel is headquartered in Cardiff, Wales, UK with US offices in California and New Jersey. It aims to employ over 100 people by end of 2019, following a number of senior appointments in 2016 and 2017.
About WindMIL Therapeutics Inc. https://windmiltherapeutics.com
WindMIL Therapeutics is a clinical-stage company developing a novel class of cell therapies based on marrow infiltrating lymphocytes (MILs™) for cancer immunotherapy. As the leader in cellular therapeutics emanating from bone marrow, WindMIL translates novel insights in bone marrow immunology into life-saving cellular therapeutics for cancer patients. The company’s proprietary process to extract, activate and expand these cells offers unique immunotherapeutic advantages, including inherent tumor-specificity, high cytotoxic potential, and long persistence. WindMIL Therapeutics has offices in Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA.