Tips and tricks for validation of quality control analytical methods in good manufacturing practice mesenchymal stromal cell production

Mariele Viganò, Silvia Budelli, Cristiana Lavazza, Tiziana Montemurro, Elisa Montelatici, Stefania De Cesare, Lorenza Lazzari, Anna Rosa Orlandi, Giovanna Lunghi, Rosaria Giordano

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Abstract

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) for cellular therapy in European Union are classified as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), and their production must fulfill the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) rules. Despite their classification as medicinal products is already well recognized, there is still a lack of information and indications to validate methods and to adapt the noncompendial and compendial methods to these peculiar biological products with intrinsic characteristics that differentiate them from classic synthetic or biologic drugs. In the present paper, we present the results of the validation studies performed in the context of MSC development as ATMPs for clinical experimental use. Specifically, we describe the validation policies followed for sterility testing, endotoxins, adventitious viruses, cell count, and immunophenotyping. Our work demonstrates that it is possible to fully validate analytical methods also for ATMPs and that a risk-based approach can fill the gap between the prescription of the available guidelines shaped on traditional medicinal products and the peculiar characteristics of these novel and extremely promising new drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3038565
JournalStem Cells International
Volume2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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