Terumo launches cell therapy production-specific automation device

The technology combines, mixes and divides the final product into predetermined volumes, a process that is currently manual and labour-intensive

The Finia Fill and Finish System

Terumo BCT's latest cell therapy technology, the Finia Fill and Finish System, is a device developed to help bring reproducibility and control to cell therapy manufacturing.

Finia is a fully automated, modular, functionally-closed system that creates the final formulation of cell and gene therapies and divides them into user-defined doses for patients. The technology automates a process that is currently manual and labour-intensive with the added risk of error.

"Terumo BCT technologies have been automating the collection and processing of blood and cells for decades," said Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO of Terumo. "Now, we're translating this knowledge to support technology breakthroughs in cell and gene therapies. Finia helps cell therapy developers and researchers simplify processes while increasing accuracy, consistency, reliability and reproducibility -- key to securing regulatory approval."

The Power of Automation

"The production and delivery of cell-based therapies is a complex and logistically challenging process," said Delara Motlagh, Vice President, Cell Therapy Technologies, Terumo BCT. "Developers and manufacturers appreciate support in determining when to automate, which processes to automate and how to integrate automation into their existing process."

Finia combines, mixes and divides the final product into predetermined volumes, all under controlled, refrigerated temperature. It automatically removes air before it seals the final product bags, simplifying the downstream process.

Finia also works with Terumo BCT's Cell Processing Application software in the customers' network to facilitate compliance to current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), including electronic recordkeeping, control of process workflow, user credentialing and permission, and guidance of operators through the process with an intuitive user interface module (UIM).

"With Finia, we are expanding our portfolio of automation technologies aimed at this growing industry," said Motlagh. "We are bringing multiphase solutions for cell and gene therapies helping to scale manufacturing and drive toward commercialisation to reach larger patient numbers."

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