Biological Materials Production Core

David Colcher, Ph.D.

Core D is the biologic materials production (manufacturing) core. Core D activities, the production of plasmid DNA, ex-vivo genetic modification and expansion of T-cell products and production and conjugation of monoclonal antibodies (Projects 1, 2 and 4), performed in The Center for Biomedicine and Genetics (CBG) on the campus of City of Hope's National Medical Center.

The CBG is a fully licensed biologics manufacturing facility operated under the principles of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Tissue Practices (cGTP) commensurate with Phase I/II clinical trials. The facility consists of controlled access Class 10,000 manufacturing suites, quarantined and released material areas, Quality Control laboratory, continuous process monitoring, USP purified water production, USP process gas farm, fully validated preparative equipment (autoclave, glasswash, depyrogenation oven) and biologics production equipment as required (incubators, centrifuges, bioreactors, chromatography equipment, etc.) The CBG is staffed with fully trained professionals who perform manufacturing, quality assurance and quality control functions as well as management staff with extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience.

The CBG provides cGMP/cGTP quality clinical trials material for Projects 1, 2 and 4 of the SPORE. All manufacturing and release testing is performed according to standard operating procedures using materials that are inspected and released by the Quality Assurance Department. Manufacturing staff produces batch records of manufacturing runs that are reviewed by Quality Assurance prior to the release of any clinical materials. The Quality Control department performs raw material and release testing on drug intermediates and final products. Some testing (i.e. sterility, endotoxin) is performed by qualified third party providers including City of Hope's Microbiology and General Clinical Research Center laboratories.

The CBG is also capable of plasmid DNA production (to be used in Project 2) and has experience with the manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies (Projects 1 and 4) and T-cell products (Project 2). The staff of the CBG manages all support services such as equipment maintenance and calibration, cleaning, gowning, environmental monitoring and other facility-related activities