By: Nancy Lin
Advanced therapies are poised to change the face of medicine, promising to cure diseases that have long resisted us. But there are many challenges to overcome before we can make full use of these life-saving therapies, including detecting microbial contamination quickly. We sat down with Nancy Lin, leader of the Biomaterials Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to learn more about the NIST Rapid Microbial Testing Methods Consortium that she and her colleagues are starting to address this problem. They are hosting an open workshop to launch the consortium on September 17, 2020, where they will discuss measurement challenges related to rapid microbial testing and potential solutions the consortium can provide.
What is an advanced therapy, and how does it differ from traditional medicine?
The term “advanced therapy” typically refers to biologically based, next-generation therapies to treat disease. These can include