CellProtect Nordic Pharmaceuticals AB has received a 1 MSEK grant from Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency. The funds will be used to upscale the production of a novel drug candidate CellProtect, an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP), for the treatment of multiple myeloma. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Karolinska University Hospital.
The grant has been provided to CellProtect Nordic Pharmaceuticals AB within the program “Competence Centers; Support for SMEs 2018″. Its aim is to stimulate active and sustainable participation of small and medium size enterprises facilitating growth of the Swedish biologics industry.
Moreover, CellProtect Nordic Pharmaceuticals AB and the Karolinska University Hospital, via the Karolinska Cell Therapy Center (KCC) and its production unit Vecura, are partners of the Vinnova Competence Centre for Advanced BioProduction by Continuous Processing (AdBIOPRO). This key competence centre, focusing on manufacturing of emerging potent therapeutic products, is coordinated by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and includes a number of industrial partners.
“We are very grateful for the grant for this important work. Upscaling of the production is an imperative step in order to initiate confirmatory clinical trials with CellProtect in patients with multiple myeloma which is a primary indication for our drug candidate” says Karin Mellström, CEO of CellProtect Nordic Pharmaceuticals AB.