Revolutionizing Cancer Care: India's First Homegrown CAR T-Cell Therapy Centre at IIT-B

India has recently established its first homegrown CAR T-cell therapy centre at IIT-B, revolutionizing cancer care. This article discusses how this breakthrough treatment is changing the landscape of cancer treatment in India.

By Megha Badiger
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The field of cancer care has seen tremendous progress in recent years, with cutting-edge treatments emerging to combat this deadly disease. One such revolutionary treatment is CAR T-cell therapy, which has shown remarkable success in treating certain forms of cancer. And now, India has achieved a significant milestone in healthcare with the establishment of the country's first homegrown CAR T-Cell Therapy Centre at IIT-B.


Understanding CAR T-Cell Therapy and its Significance

CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that uses a patient's white blood cells (T-cells) to fight cancer. The process involves extracting T-cells from the patient's blood and genetically modifying them in a lab to produce chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) that can recognize and attack cancer cells. These modified cells are then reintroduced into the patient's body to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

This groundbreaking therapy has shown remarkable results in treating blood cancers like leukaemia and lymphoma, with high recovery rates even in patients who had relapsed or failed to respond to other treatments. CAR T-cell therapy has also been found to have fewer side effects compared to traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.


Introducing India's First CAR T-Cell Therapy Centre at IIT-B

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has set up the country's first homegrown CAR T-cell therapy centre, in partnership with the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC). The facility, known as the 'CAR-TCR Therapy Centre,' is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to provide personalized CAR T-cell therapy to patients. This landmark achievement is a result of years of research and collaboration between IIT-B and TMC.

The centre is set to become a game-changer in the field of cancer treatment in India, with its expertise in developing and manufacturing CAR T-cells within the country. Previously, patients had to travel abroad for this treatment, incurring high costs and lengthy waiting times. With the availability of CAR T-cell therapy in India, patients can now receive this life-saving treatment in their own country.


Making CAR T-Cell Therapy Affordable and Accessible

One of the major obstacles to the widespread use of CAR T-cell therapy has been its high cost. The CAR-TCR Therapy Centre at IIT-B aims to make this treatment more affordable and accessible for patients in India. They have developed an indigenous and cost-effective system for CAR T-cell production, bringing down the costs significantly. This will ensure that even patients from underprivileged backgrounds can afford this life-saving therapy.

Moreover, the centre has also established a partnership with state governments to make CAR T-cell therapy available in government hospitals. This will further increase accessibility and ensure that no patient is denied this treatment due to financial constraints.


Future Prospects of the CAR T-Cell Therapy Centre

The CAR-TCR Therapy Centre at IIT-B is committed to advancing research in the field of CAR T-cell therapy and making improvements to the treatment process. They have set up a research facility within the centre to study the effects of this therapy on different types of cancers and to develop personalized treatments for patients.

The centre also aims to train and educate healthcare professionals in the use of this therapy, ensuring its successful integration into the Indian healthcare system.


The establishment of India's first homegrown CAR T-cell therapy centre at IIT-B marks a significant milestone in the country's healthcare landscape. This achievement not only showcases India's progress in the field of cancer research but also brings hope to thousands of cancer patients and their families. With its focus on accessibility and affordability, the centre is set to revolutionize cancer care in India and make CAR T-cell therapy available to all those in need.

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