From protocol to product: ventral midbrain dopaminergic neuron differentiation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease

Current cell therapy product limitations include the need for in-depth product understanding to ensure product potency, safety and purity. New technologies require development and validation to address issues of production scale-up to meet clinical need; assays are required for process control, validation and release. Prior to clinical realization, an understanding of production processes is required to implement process changes that are essential for process control. Identification of key parameters forms the basis of process tolerances, allowing for validated, adaptive manufacturing processes. This enables greater process control and yield while withstanding regulatory scrutiny. This report summaries key milestones in specifically for ventral midbrain dopaminergic neuroprogenitor differentiation and key translational considerations and recommendations to enable successful, robust and reproducible current cell therapy product-manufacturing.