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Pioneering Research To Manufacture Cells From Umbilical Cord Blood

The University’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing  Engineering has been awarded a £1.3 million research fellowship by the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop tools for the manufacture of large quantities of medically valuable cells from umbilical cord blood.


Dr. Thomas, a Senior Lecturer in Biomanufacturing, who has been awarded the grant explains:

‘Within the next five  years there will be substantial advances in treatments using cell based  therapies’ Currently  clinicians rely on donated supplies of umbilical cords collected nationally in  banking programmes, but as new medical treatments using cord blood have been  found, demand is rising and stocks are limited.’

The cells in process of manufacture - a grant for cells from umbilical cord blood

The cells in process of manufacture.

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