WINNER: Kite, a Gilead Company, NHS England and NHS Partners – Working in Partnership to Bring CAR-T Innovation to UK patients

The UK is one of the first countries in the world to have CAR-T (an individualised therapy involving reprogramming the patient’s immune system to target and destroy cancer) available on the healthcare system. NHS England, Kite/Gilead, Industry and NHS providers partnered in a unique way to ensure the infrastructure was in place, new patient pathways developed and HCPs trained, ready and confident to deliver this potentially life-changing therapy in an expedited timeframe.

The ability to deliver CAR-T is an exciting milestone, opening up a new chapter for the industry, HCPs, patients and the future of cell therapies. The judges felt that this is a genuinely game-changing innovation in clinical practice and the strategic partnership with Kite was one of the best they’d seen. There were great clinical outcomes that are giving real hope to many patients. Speed of spread was remarkable, particularly given the pandemic, with eight delivery centres established.


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