Each Yescarta Dose is Frozen in Proprietary CryoStor® Freeze Media to Maintain CAR T-Cell Viability and Enable Worldwide Distribution
BOTHELL, Washington — October 19, 2017 —BioLife Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS), the leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade cell and tissue hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media (“BioLife” or the “Company”), today announced that its customer Kite Pharma, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, has received US FDA approval for Yescarta, the first CAR T-cell therapy for treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-Cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy.
As announced in a July 2016 press release, BioLife executed a long-term agreement to supply its proprietary CryoStor cell freeze media to Kite Pharma. Each manufactured dose of Yescarta is frozen in CryoStor to maintain CAR T-cell viability and enable worldwide distribution.
Mike Rice, BioLife President & CEO, commented, “This is a great day for cancer patients. Kite Pharma is on the forefront of bringing potential cures for several different cancers to the market. We are proud to be a critical supplier to Kite Pharma and look forward to supporting their additional CAR T-cell clinical trials by supplying CryoStor for use in their manufacturing and distribution processes.”
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About BioLife Solutions
Our proprietary HypoThermosol® and CryoStor® platform of biopreservation media products are highly valued in the regenerative medicine, biobanking and drug discovery markets. These are serum-free, protein-free, fully defined, and formulated to reduce preservation-induced cell damage and death. Our enabling, embeddable technologies provides commercial companies and clinical
researchers significant improvement in shelf life and post-preservation viability and function of cells, tissues, and organs.
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