CiMaas successfully expands Natural Killer (NK) cells to clinically relevant numbers using a 2-week protocol. Starting from 200 ml peripheral blood, NK are expanded to numbers meeting the expected clinically required 10.E8 cells/kg, with multiple infusions. This makes the expansion method developed directly applicable for clinical application of the produced NK cells in anti-cancer therapies.
As of March 1, 2022, CiMaas is a licensed manufacturer for cell-based products. The company received the manufacturing authorization from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport – Farmatec/CIBG.
CiMaas, together with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ and the University Medical Center Utrecht have received a subsidy of € 1,48 million to further develop Natural Killer Cell therapy for breast cancer.