Bioprocessing
Stem cell
lines

stem cells  stable cell lines  differentiated cells  scalable bioprocessing  engineered cell lines  extracellular vesicles  exosomes  nanovesicles

Phoenestra is currently building end-to-end technology platforms to ensure highest technological and quality standards for our products - from donor sampling to released GMP-grade products.

NEW: EVscaleTM - Next Generation EV Manufacturing Platform

Cell lines

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)

Our patented approach to use cells isolated from urine samples provides a non-invasive source for reprogramming somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from any healthy individual or specific patient, respectively. Selected iPS clones undergo a rigorous screening and characterization approach. Our iPS research cell banks fulfil all requirements for manufacturing of GMP-grade cell banks.

Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells (MSC)

We have access to Evercyte´s industry-leading telomerized MSC lines derived e.g., from Bone Marrow, Adipose Tissue, Umbilical Cord, Wharton´s Jelly, Chorionic Plate or Placenta. In contrast to primary MSCs, they maintain their phenotype and consistent growth properties over many generations. Depending on the selected donor and tissue of origin, these MSC lines and their extracellular vesicle preparations display promising biological activities for Regenerative Medicine applications.

Scalable Bioprocessing

The cell and gene therapy (CGT) field is currently still suffering from technological issues and rather low technological maturity levels. Phoenestra is committed to contribute to bridging the existing “industrialization gap” in CGT manufacturing technologies and products. This gap consists of technological pain points and sometimes prohibitive cost of manufacturing (CoM). Phoenestra is developing scalable processes including Control Strategies for cell- and vesicle-based products. The combination of stable, high quality cell lines and scalable bioprocesses with CMC Control Strategies will help bringing much needed products and therapies forward and, ultimately, help providing better access of patients in need to these innovative therapeutic modalities.

Cultivation of Cells in Bioreactor Systems

Phoenestra is committed to scalable process technologies which enable us and our partners to move into pre-clinical and clinical testing on a fast track. We are using scalable stirred tank bioreactors for producing cell and vesicle products in significant quantities with consistent quality profiles. We are largely supplier agnostic and develop the best setup and cultivation mode:

  • microcarrier, suspension/aggregate or spheroid
  • fed-batch or perfusion

Interested? Contact us!

Isolation of Cells and Cell-derived Products

Depending on the cultivation mode, cells or extracellular vesicles are harvested directly from the culture broth or perfusate. Adherent cells are detached from microcarriers e.g., by a combination of enzymatic and mechanical treatments.

The respective product is then concentrated and washed by tangential flow filtration (TFF) before further downstream processing of cells or cell-derived products. Depending on the product targeted, different membrane or hollow fiber cut-offs are used and combined with filtration steps.

Interested? Contact us!

Processing of Cells

Depending on the purpose of the cultivated cells, cells are singularized, washed and formulated before storage and shipment or further processing. In addition, we are working on bioreactor-based differentiation methods. Purification steps to remove specific cell types after differentiation can be developed or implemented as needed.

Also, Phoenestra is actively pursuing innovative vesicular modalities and associated manufacturing technologies and processes, including cell extrusion technologies for the generation of nanovesicle preparations. Another approach that we pursue is the preparative enucleation of cells for therapeutic purposes.

Interested? Contact us!

Extracellular Vesicle Technology - EVscale™

Extracellular vesicles (EV), or their sub-fraction called exosomes, hold great promises in Regenerative Medicine and beyond. Phoenestra has established a compehensive EV platform technology - EVscale- which is adaptable to different producer cell lines and EV / exosome target product profiles. EVscale- Extracellular Vesicles at scale comprise a proprietary perfusion bioreactor setup, depth filtration and membrane separation (TFF) methods as well as chromatography steps as needed. For analytical characterization, a range of standard and advanced analytical methods has been established which are performed in house or in collaboration within our network. Using functional biological assays, protein profiling and RNA sequencing we are able to assess the quality of EV derived from cultivations with different cell lines (e.g., MSC/TERT from different tissues) and between cultivation or preparations, respectively.

Interested? Contact us!

Products

Based on our stem cell technology platforms, Phoenestra provides access to a wide variety of promising cell-based product candidates for R&D, drug discovery and therapeutic applications. From the start we have the requirements of the final product in mind.

The selection of donors and donor materials is performed with all safety, ethical and legal requirements in place. For iPS cell-derived products, Phoenestra is currently establishing an end-to-end approach from urine sampling to release of GMP-grade products. For MSC-based products, we provide a one-stop-shop concept in collaboration with Evercyte (stable cell lines, potency assays) and TAmiRNA, the expert company in RNA profiling and biomarker development.

Interested? Please contact us for more details!

Products available and in preparation:
 

  • Xeno-free iPS cell lines 
  • Telomerized MSC (TERT) lines (GMP-grade, licensed from Evercyte)
  • Bulk iPS cells and TERT/MSCs from controlled bioreactor cultivations
  • Extracellular Vesicle preparations from various cell lines / types
  • Engineered “universal” stem cell lines (in development)
  • iPS cell-derived (pre-)differentiated cells (in development)
  • Processed cells (in development)

Services

Phoenestra offers capabilities and resources also on a fee-for-service basis and dependent on your specific project needs. Please contact us for a discussion of options and opportunities for R&D work or a collaboration regarding GMP manufacturing services. Or simply send us your “Request for Proposal (RfP)”

R&D

  • Cell line development (xeno-free iPS cell lines)
  • Cell banking (iPSC, MSC)
  • Process and product development
  • Process and product characterization
  • Pre-clinical supplies (cells, vesicles)

GMP (please contact us for timelines)

  • GMP Cell banking
  • Pre-clinical and early clinical supplies

Team

Operational Team

Klaus Graumann

CEO and co-founder

Otto Kanzler

CFO, Co-founder of Evercyte, TAmiRNA and Phoenestra

Roland Prielhofer

Bioprocess Engineer

Claudia Lindner

Scientist Cell Biology

Melanie Reininger

Scientist Bioprocessing

Ingrid Hartl

Scientist Cell Biology

Reema Jacob

Doctoral Student

Advisory Board

Regina Grillari, PhD, Assoc. Prof.

CTO Evercyte GmbH, Co-founder of Evercyte, TAmiRNA and Phoenestra

Johannes Grillari, PhD, Assoc. Prof.

Co-founder of Evercyte, TAmiRNA and Phoenestra, Director Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology (LBI Trauma, Vienna / Austria)

Heinz Redl, PhD, Univ. Prof.

Entrepreneur and former Director LBI Trauma

Christian Gabriel, M.D.

Physician and Scientist, specialist in Transfusion Medicine, former medical director of the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Center Linz (Austria), part of LBI Trauma

Gottfried Fischer, M.D., Associate Professor

Lab. Director Tissue Typing Laboratory and Medical Director Blutbank Universitätsklinikum St. Pölten (Austria)

Partners / Network

Publications / Ressources

iPSC xeno free reprogramming and scalable expansion

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KML Vision interviews Phoenestra´s CEO Klaus Graumann on AI-supported Quality Control in Stem Cell Bioprocessing

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EVscaleTM - Next-generation Extracellular Vesicle Manufacturing

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Towards Clinical-grade MSC-derived Extracellular Vesicles (presented at the Eppendorf Stem Cell Community Day 2023)

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Cytonus, the US-based Biotech Platform Company, gains a boost from Strategic Partnership with Europe-based Phoenestra

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Scalable MSC/TERT cell and exosome manufacturing

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Phoenestra and KML Vision announce collaboration

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Get in touch.

For enquiries regarding our technology platforms, products and services, please contact

klaus.graumann@phoenestra.com


For any general inquiries or in case you are interested to join our team, please contact

office@phoenestra.com