UAE begins local production of immune cell therapy using CAR T-cell technology

WAM agency reported that the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center has started the first trial of its kind in the UAE to study the efficacy and safety of immune cell therapy using CAR T-cell receptors in the treatment of blood cancers.

Immune cell therapy using CAR T-cell target receptors is one of the new globally recognized technologies for immunotherapies, which employ the body’s defense system by reprogramming immune cells, which are an essential component of the body’s anti-tumor response mechanism, preparing them to perform With the tasks of searching for and eliminating cancer, these programmed cells become a living drug that travels through the body and constantly uses the immune system to attack disease.

The Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program in Abu Dhabi, and the principal investigator involved in the immune cell trial, Dr. Fatima Al Kaabi, expressed her pride in this first achievement of its kind in the UAE and the region.

Commenting on the importance of this experience she said, we are proud to be the first in the country and the region to produce and conduct this new and innovative type of treatment and research locally, to better understand its effects on cancer cells. We continue to invest in the latest local research to ensure that the residents of the country and the rest of the world receive the best possible health care.

In turn, the immunologist, General Director of the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center, and the principal investigator in the clinical trial of immune cell therapy using the targeted receptor CAR T-cell, Dr. Yndre Ventura said, Cancer treatment remains one of the most complex and challenging medical pathways in the world, This confirms the growing need for locally developed research and therapeutic innovations. Understanding the impact of T-immune cells with receptors targeting cancer cells on patients will be a long and arduous process, but at the same time, it paves the way for a new and distinctive chapter in the history of the UAE, where these experiences will consolidate its distinguished position globally in the field of innovation. Our world-leading physicians and researchers, in collaboration with our partners in the biomedical research company Miltney Biotech, are paving the way for advanced treatments for a healthier society, as well as strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for healthcare, innovation, and research.

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