Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility

The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Clinical cell manufacturing facility dedicated to the production of stem cells and cell-based gene therapies

Areas of expertise

The facility is fully equipped to manufacture autologous and allogenic stem cells formulated for direct intravascular injection into patients.


We are the first therapeutic cell manufacturing facility in Canada to adopt purpose-built and customized BioSpherix Xvivo isolator units for cell processing. These units provide complete environmental control/monitoring during the entire process. The systems are buffered from the external environment, provide an exceptionally clean work space, and all steps of cell manufacturing from microscopic observation through centrifugation can be performed in a single unit. The precise environmental control (gases, temperature, humidity etc.) makes our facility ideal for early stage product development as duplication of environmental conditions can be verified as the therapy moves to more advanced production systems applicable to later phase trials.

Our facility has highly trained staff and extensive expertise in the production of enhanced or gene-modified cell therapy products for use in humans.

Research services
  • Two separate cell manufacturing suites, Suite #1 contains three ISO 7 clean rooms, Suite #2 contains two ISO 7 clean rooms
  • Capable of running up to 6 distinct clinical trial protocols at once
  • Cell manufacturing services/adherent cell processing
  • Controlled rate freezing
  • Cell cryobanking
  • Sterile product processing/quality control testing
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Cell processing in large scale bioreactors
Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
GMP Cell Manufacturing Facility4 BioSpherix Xvivo unitsAll equipment PQ, calibrated and monitored
 3 Tissue culture CO2 incubators 
 2 -80°C & three -20°C freezers 
 3 4°C fridges 
 1  Biosafety cabinet hood 
 4 centrifuges 
 3 phase and Hoffman-equipped inverted microscopes 
 3 digital cameras 
 sterile tubing connector 
 Biosafe Sepax-2 cell separation unit 
 Spectra Optia Apheresis unit 
 Static and dynamic particle counters 
 Two liquid nitrogen vapour phase freezers 
 Controlled-rate freezer 
 Smart-vue monitoring system 
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute