1. Gene therapy for the masses

Here’s a riddle for you. What has four wheels and costs $150K? Hint: it weighs 150 pounds. Give up? It’s the new portable device that automates CAR-T production—we had to Google it, too. The current gene therapy process isn’t what we’d call convenient. It involves: flying the patient or patient’s blood to one of only a dozen research centers globally, a room full of smart people, and dozens of hours just to process one person’s cells. As you can imagine that rings up a hefty price tag—some estimates are around $500K. With the new portable device, Prodigy, the goal is to automate this tedious procedure and take gene therapy to the patient instead of the other way around.

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