A cell therapy collaboration at Campus Ardoyen & Eiland Zwijnaarde

A cell therapy collaboration at Campus Ardoyen & Eiland Zwijnaarde

Janssen Pharmaceutica & Legend Biotech are working together to enable the production of innovative cell therapy or CAR-T in Europe. To make this happen, new state-of-the-art facilities are currently being built, both at Campus Ardoyen and Eiland Zwijnaarde.

Cell therapy to treat cancer

Cell therapy offers a new approach to fighting cancer cells by using the power of the patient’s own immune system. Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CAR-T therapy) is a specific form of cell therapy. It is a complex and highly personalised technology in which a patient’s own T-cells are extracted from the blood and reprogrammed to target and eradicate cancer cells, making CAR-T therapy a treatment tailored to the individual patient.

Personalized therapy also requires customized infrastructure!  

Campus Ardoyen – Obelisc  

Part of the ground, first, fourth and fifth floor of Building Obelisc at Campus Ardoyen are being converted into a first production plant, that will host high-tech clean rooms, a brand-new logistics center, a training center and modern office spaces.  

This 3.500 m² facility will start producing CAR-T in the near future.

Campus Eiland Zwijnaarde – Techlane

At the same time, a larger plant ‘Techlane’ is being build, which will enable to scale up production in the future. This brand-new building covering 22.000 m2 will become the beating heart of CAR-T.

Started as a green field, cleanrooms, laboratories, a warehouse and offices are currently being constructed. 

Techlane and Obelisc will collaborate closely with the facilities on the Janssen Pharmaceutica Campus in Beerse to enable the full production process.

Hiring more than 500 colleagues

In order to be able to carry out all the tasks involved in the production and supply of cell therapy, both Janssen Pharmaceutica & Legend Biotech are looking for a lot of strong talent.

By the end of 2024, more than 500 people will be working at these plants. For some positions, education in biotechnology is certainly an advantage. But Janssen and Legend Biotech are looking for a lot of different profiles.

Are you interested in a job that could make a big difference in patients’ lives? Have a look at job opportunities at Legend Biotech and Janssen Pharmaceutica.

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