- The International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) committee has been an interested observer of community interests in all matters related to MSC identity, mechanism of action, potency assessment and etymology, and it has regularly contributed to this conversation through a series of MSC pre-conferences and committee publications dealing with these matters. Arising from these reflections, the authors propose that an overlooked and potentially disruptive perspective is the impact of in vivo persistence on potency that is not predicted by surrogate cellular potency assays performed in vitro and how this translates to in vivo outcomes.
- As part of the International Society of Cell Therapy (ISCT) 2018 Annual Meeting, the Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell (MSC) committee organized a pre-conference, which covered methods of improving MSC engraftment and potency in vivo and clinical efficacy using MSC potency assays. The speakers examined methods to improve clinical efficacy using MSC potency assays and methods to improve MSC engraftment/homing/potency in vivo. Discussion of patient “responders” versus “non-responders” in clinical trials and working toward ways to identify them were also included.
- Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have gained prominence in the field of regenerative medicine due to their excellent safety profile in human patients and recently demonstrated efficacy in late-stage clinical studies. A prerequisite to achieving successful MSC-based therapies is the development of large-scale manufacturing processes that preserve the biological potency of the founder cell population. Because no standardized manufacturing process exists for MSCs, understanding differences in these processes among U.S.