Recently, I had the honor of interviewing the CEO of Gamida Cell, Dr. Yael Margolin. Headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel, Gamida Cell is best known for its innovative approaches to hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) therapeutics.
Although a small company at the time, Gamida Cell broke onto the global scene in 2003 when it announced a Phase I trial of its StemEx™ product for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma patients.
StemEx™ was Gamida Cell’s first generation product for the ex vivo (“outside the body”) expansion of cord blood stem cells, which can be utilized in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) to treat high risk cancers.
Although StemEx™ did not make it beyond Phase II/III trials, this expertise in ex vivo expansion of cord blood lead to the development of Gamida Cell’s current flagship product, NiCord®, and established Gamida Cell as a global technology leader for functional expansion of cells. [Read more…]