Medical College of Wisconsin: first successful treatment of CART patient and use of Miltenyi’s CliniMACS Prodigy®

The Medical College of Wisconsin has published a press release reporting on their first successfully treated CART patient and how they used Miltenyi’s CliniMACS Prodigy®. 

Physicians and researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and BloodCenter of Wisconsin have successfully used a new immunology treatment, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, to extend the life of a 52-year-old Wisconsin man.

While CAR-T cell therapy has been under development since 2012, the patient treated at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is the first patient to participate in the first-ever, clinical trial for a novel dual-targeted CAR-T cell against CD19 and CD20 that were manufactured using the CliniMACS Prodigy® device, which is part of an automated CAR-T cell manufacturing platform developed by Miltenyi Biotec, a global company dedicated to enabling cellular and gene therapies. The modified cells can identify cancerous cells, attach to the cancer cells, and effectively destroy the cancer cells. A separate pediatric clinical trial for CAR-T treatment at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is expected to start later this year.

The full press release is available here.