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Torque Thermo Fisher collaborate to build facility for Deep Primed T Cell Immunotherapies manufacturing

Torque, an immuno-oncology company developing first-in-class Deep Primed T Cell Therapeutics to direct immune power deep within the tumor microenvironment, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced a collaboration to build a dedicated Slipstream manufacturing facility for high-efficiency production of Torque's Deep-Primed T cell immunotherapies.

Buildout of the Torque/Thermo Fisher manufacturing facility has begun, and the companies anticipate processing patient cells by the end of 2019. The Slipstream platform will initially be used in the clinical development of Torque's lead Deep-Primed T cell candidate, TRQ-1501, in solid and hematologic tumors; followed by TRQ-1201, also for solid and hematologic tumors.

According to Torque, the Slipstream platform technology situated inPrincetonis a revolutionary design that uses a fully closed, semi-automated system that surpasses conventional cell therapy manufacturing techniques. The Slipstream process leverages advanced logistics that enable a substantially smaller manufacturing footprint that is less capital- and labor-intensive. Production capacity can be expanded modularly by adding arrays in Lego-like fashion.

Buildout of the Torque/Thermo Fisher manufacturing facility has begun, and the companies anticipate processing patient cells by the end of 2019.

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