A clinical GMP facility is available at the hospital site. The unit aims to have broad accreditations in several fields, in order to accommodate the translation of internal research to clinical trials, and to provide support for commercial clinical trials in the field of gene, cell and tissue engineering.
This unit is currently accredited for mRNA production, dendritic cell manipulation and filling and packaging of cell products.
The unit will expand its capabilities with accreditations for on-site viral vector production and clinical grade CAR T production. Further expansion of the accreditations in the field of gene, cell and tissue therapies is planned over the coming years.
Prof. Hendrik Feys
Hendrik Feys is a Principal Investigator at the Belgian Red Cross Flanders Transfusion Research Center. The center has a research focus on blood derived products and their applicability in regenerative medicine. Hendrik is a visiting professor at the Department of Diagnostics Sciences at Ghent University.
Prof. Nico Callewaert
Nico Callewaert is group leader and director of the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology and full professor in biochemistry and biotechnology at Ghent University. His research interests focus on the invention of technologies for medicine, proteins and sugars.
Prof. Jolanda van Hengel
Prof. Jolanda van Hengel is heading the medical cell biology group. Her group focuses on the in vitro engineering of functional myocardium that mimics human heart tissue for analysis of myocardial function. Also her group tries to obtain a suitable stem cell type for in vitro meat production.TISSUE ENGINEERING RESEARCH, CELL THERAPY, GENE THERAPY, ORGANOIDS AND ORGANONCHIP, MICROFLUIDICS AND LABONCHIP, CELLS, 3D CULTURES AND ORGANOIDS, BIOMATERIALS AND PROCESSING, ANALYTIC TOOLS IN GENE, CELL AND TISSUE ENGINEERING, GENES & NANODELIVERY SYSTEMS, REGULATORY AND CLINICAL TRIALS, GMP MANUFACTURING