The decision by TCR2 Therapeutics to establish a presence at the Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult manufacturing centre is a major international vote of confidence in the UK life sciences sector. The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult manufacturing centre is a world-leading facility, bringing the manufacture of pioneering treatments closer to patients. The decision recognises the level and maturity of government investment into UK manufacturing capability and the associated supply chain. UK Research and Innovation, through the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, backs this crucial component of the modern Industrial Strategy, building the jobs and industries of tomorrow. We have underlined our support by also funding three new Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres to complement the work of the manufacturing centre. Working across the UK, this network will support the roll-out of cell and gene therapies, bringing together expert clinicians, researchers, scientists, developers and private companies to demonstrate the benefits for patients. The CGT Catapult manufacturing centre in Stevenage, opened in April 2018, is backed by more than £60 million of government investment, including funding from Innovate UK and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). TCR2 joins advanced therapy companies Adaptimmune, Autolus, Cell Medica, and Freeline.Working with the manufacturing centre are the three UK Advanced Therapies Treatment Centres, which were awarded £21 million in through the ISCF Medicines Manufacturing challenge. The centres are collaborative ventures between industry, academic and NHS partners. They comprise the Innovate Manchester Advanced Therapy Centre Hub (iMATCH), the Midlands-Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC, comprising Birmingham, Wales and Nottingham) and the Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre (NAATTC, comprising Scotland, Newcastle and Leeds). By choosing to work with the Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult manufacturing centre, TCR2 Therapeutics demonstrates to the world that the UK is a global leader in this sector. Advanced cell and gene therapies show great promise in treating conditions such as cancer. It is vital to support research and development that could result in huge improvements in patient outcomes. Boosted by investment through the government’s modern Industrial Strategy and the life sciences sector deal, the UK can realise both the commercial and societal benefits from these advances in this vital and thriving sector. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, welcomed today the announcement that immunotherapy company, TCR2 Therapeutics, is to become the first US organisation to work with the Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) Catapult at its Stevenage manufacturing centre. TCR2 has selected the facility to establish a site for global manufacturing and capability development to advance novel T cell receptor therapies for patients suffering from cancer.Dr Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK said: Dr Kath Mackay, Interim Director – Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition, Innovate UK, added:
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According to him, even though the victory came after a hard fight, the Super Falcons have once again re-enacted their dominance in the sub-region.“Your courage, discipline, team spirit and above all, patriotism have brought joy and fulfillment to all football lovers across the country.“You have done us proud by remaining a source of inspiration to the younger generation. You have amply demonstrated once again that any worthy goal is achievable if pursued with focus, zeal, commitment and organization. Your success is our success. Congratulations!”While commending the coach, players and technical crew for the exceptional feat, the Senate President expressed hope that the WAFU Cup would spur the female national team, once again, to another dazzling performance during the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship in France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Deji Elumoye in AbujaSenate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has lauded the Super Falcons for lifting the 2019 WAFU Cup following their soul-lifting display in the finals of the game last Saturday in Abidjan.Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the country cannot but be proud about the patriotism and resilience of its female national team. Bukola Saraki
Fresh off a sweep of the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes over the weekend, the Wisconsin softball team (19-11, 2-4 Big Ten) welcomes North Dakota State (23-18) to Goodman Diamond for two games Tuesday.Two double-headers in a three-day span may seem like a grueling proposition, and had Saturday’s games against Illinois-Chicago not been cancelled, the Badgers would be playing their sixth game in three days. But considering the way senior centerfielder Sam Polito has been seeing the ball lately, she’ll tell you she can’t get enough at-bats.For Wisconsin, no bat is hotter than Polito’s. Over her last three games, Polito has hit .875 (7 for 8) and has reached base in nine of her last 10 plate appearances. In that span, she has also driven in three and scored six times, continuing to add to UW’s all-time runs record (122), which she broke earlier this season. For her efforts, she was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Polito becomes the second Badger to earn conference Player of the Week honors this season. Junior outfielder Katie Hnatyk won it the week of Feb. 27.To begin the season, however, Polito slumped a bit in the leadoff position. Since head coach Chandelle Schulte moved her into the two-hole last week, Polito has been extremely proficient at the plate. Currently, she’s hitting at a .344 clip, second only to Katie Hnatyk (.365) on the team.”I should have done it earlier,” Schulte said of the move, half-jokingly. “She struggled in the one-hole. In the two-hole, my philosophy is, she’s quick, she’s a good bunter and if she gets on with an out, then we have a kid that can steal, so that’s really what it was all about.”Polito attributes her recent success to slowing the game down and taking a calmer approach with her to the plate.”I think I just needed to take a little pressure off myself in that one-spot,” Polito said. “I just learned to relax a little bit more, and I just feel a lot more comfortable up there.”With the hitting of Polito and Hnatyk, along with the formidable pitching of senior Eden Brock (2.03 ERA) and Letty Olivarez (2.26 ERA), UW looks to continue its undefeated record at home this season (3-0) against NDSU. The Bison don’t score many runs — they have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of their last 15 contests — and must primarily rely on effective starting pitching to win tight ball games.As the unquestioned ace of the NDSU staff, junior hurler Allison Bakke has done just that. After being limited by a hip flexor injury much of last season, the former Division-I All-Independent first teamer has bounced back exceptionally well. This season, she boasts a 1.33 ERA and has recorded 170 strikeouts in more than 157.1 innings.At the plate, North Dakota State is paced by sophomore catcher Kelly Cantrell, who is hitting 47 points higher than she did last season (.357 versus .310). She also leads the team in home runs with four.UW leads the all-time series 3-1.Game 1 will begin at 4 p.m., with Game 2 to follow at approximately 6 p.m.