UCL Therapeutic Innovation Networks


Cell & Gene Therapy Translation Roadmap

Where are you up to with your Cell and Gene Therapy project? Use the icons below to learn about the steps needed for successful cell and gene therapy translation and what UCL support is available at each stage of the process.

This roadmap provides a simplified workflow summarising key activities and considerations for development, evaluation and commercialisation of cell and gene therapies (viral and non-viral), to facilitate their effective translation into the clinic.

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Therapeutic Design and Planning

The first phase of Cell & Gene Therapy translation should be therapeutic design and planning. This consists of an idea to meet an unmet clinical need and the design of a gene/cell therapy vector to deliver this. Other considerations include Intellectual Property (IP), finance and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI). 

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Laboratory Evaluation

Laboratory evaluation ensures the development of research grade cell and gene therapy vectors. Considerations include proof of concept and regulatory advice. 

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Pre-Clinical Studies and Regulatory Submissions

There are many factors to think about when considering which Contract Research Organisation (CRO) to work with when outsourcing work. Use the expertise of the UCL Translational Research Office (TRO) to decide on which CRO is the best fit for your project. 

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Commercial Adoption

UCL has implemented and is growing strategic platform partnerships to facilitate the accelerated development, commercialisation and adoption of therapeutics into the NHS.