ARTICLES BY ANNA ROSE WELCH

  • ARW’s ATMP Manufacturing Must-Reads (ECLIPSE EDITION!)
    4/11/2024

    Day-in and day-out, I write, read, listen to, and watch as much content as I can about CGT and RNA therapy manufacturing, in particular, and/or other ATMP industry-related topics that you should at least be aware of in the manufacturing facility. Once a month, I compile the articles and industry updates I think are most worthy of your time into an unconventional roundup article.

  • ARW’s ATMP Manufacturing Must-Reads (ST. PATRICK’S DAY EDITION!)
    3/14/2024

    Day-in and day-out, I write, read, listen to, and watch as much content as I can about CGT and RNA therapy manufacturing, in particular, and/or other ATMP industry-related topics that you should at least be aware of in the manufacturing facility. Once a month, I compile the articles and industry updates I think are most worthy of your time into an unconventional roundup article.

  • “To Thine Own [mRNA Product] Be True:” Shakespeare’s Guide To RNA GMP Principles
    3/11/2024

    In the following article, I offer some of the biggest tips and tricks experts offered during a panel discussion on the challenges of navigating GMP principles in the RNA space today — with a little bit of help from Shakespeare himself. 

  • The RNA Therapeutics Supply Chain: A Platform of Relationships
    2/13/2024

    Conversations digging into RNA-specific sourcing considerations have been few and far between. Enter Sanofi's Greg Troiano. Together, we delved into the nuances, challenges, and opportunities for growth that currently exist within the mRNA drug substance and drug product (i.e., mRNA-LNP) raw material sourcing worlds.

  • ARW’s ATMP Manufacturing Must-Reads (OPERA EDITION!)
    2/8/2024

    Day-in and day-out, I write, read, listen to, and watch as much content as I can about CGT and RNA therapy manufacturing, in particular, and/or other ATMP industry-related topics that you should at least be aware of in the manufacturing facility. Once a month, I compile the articles and industry updates I think are most worthy of your time into an unconventional newsletter format (below) and send them out via email.

  • From “Barbieland” To ATW 2024: Evolving Beyond “Stereotypical” Advanced Therapies
    1/26/2024

    What I was met with this year at Phacilitate's Advanced Therapies Week was an industry that knows its worth, but which is facing similar issues as Barbie around what its long-term identity can be and how it can transcend beyond being just a promising idea. Here, I’ve come up with a few snippets of “identity-chiseling” wisdom for the ATMP space.

  • ARW’s ATMP Manufacturing Must-Reads (2024 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS EDITION!)
    1/12/2024

    Day-in and day-out, I write, read, listen to, and watch as much content as I can about CGT and RNA therapy manufacturing, in particular, and/or other ATMP industry-related topics that you should at least be aware of in the manufacturing facility. Once a month, I compile the articles and industry updates I think are most worthy of your time into an unconventional newsletter format (below) and send them out via email.

  • Why Nike’s “Just Do It!” Is The Wrong Slogan For The RNA Industry
    1/10/2024

    As Becraft and I discuss, it’s not just the public we need to educate about the possibilities and limitations of mRNA therapeutics. Members of the biopharmaceutical industry at large and the investors supporting emerging and established RNA therapeutics companies could also use a post-pandemic “refresher” about mRNA’s potential use cases beyond vaccines and the (often under-emphasized) truths of what it will take to successfully achieve these use cases.

  • A Meditation on mRNA’s Reputation & Regulatory Complexities
    12/21/2023

    I see our modality’s capability to be used in the vaccine and ATMP spaces posing some unique challenges for the RNA space moving forward — particularly as we strive to accomplish two key goals as a space: fleshing out the mRNA regulatory paradigm and confronting misinformation in the years ahead. 

  • How To Break RNA’s “4-Minute Mile”
    12/20/2023

    Four CEOs provide their take on some of the hot topics of discussion in the RNA therapeutics space. Whether they be homing in on platform development, much-needed scientific advancements, or commercialization considerations, each of these experts’ quotes speaks to the important “training efforts” we should be building into our “workout” regimens to condition our companies and our products to achieve (and surpass!) RNA’s own “four-minute mile(s).”

  • Defining A Competitive Next-Gen RNA Therapeutic In 2024
    12/11/2023

    To start singling-out where the opportunities exist to craft the next generation of RNA therapeutics, I sat down with four RNA executives who helped me piece together where we and our RNA therapeutics are today and which scientific advancements and mindsets will be essential to craft a “next generation” RNA therapeutic.

  • Peter Marks: An Early Preview of mRNA, Gene Therapy Platforms
    11/28/2023

    Though Marks emphasized that this concept/designation at the regulatory level is still somewhat of a “we’ll-know-it-when-we-see-it” phenomenon, his remarks this summer — as well as a few additional discussions that have occurred throughout 2023 — add a bit more clarity to our understanding of what a gene therapy platform can be.

  • “Alice In [The mRNA] Wonderland:” 3 Realities Facing The mRNA Industry
    8/7/2023

    The mRNA industry is an exciting place to be, and I have no doubt we will celebrate some significant triumphs in the future. But there are three critical realities (or perhaps difficult truths) I was reminded of during the mRNA Therapeutics Summit worth reiterating to keep us grounded through all our uninhibited dreaming.

  • Where Fly-Fishing Meets mRNA: The Art Of mRNA Immunogenicity
    5/22/2023

    In the final installment of this two-part series comparing fly-fishing and mRNA immunogenicity, I summarize some of the basic immunology-centric underpinnings of our mRNA development efforts and the enduring immunogenicity questions and concerns shaping and re-shaping these efforts today.

  • What Fly-Fishing Can Teach Us About mRNA Immunogenicity
    5/17/2023

    In part one of this two-part article, I spell out some of the decisions fly-fishermen must make to “trick” a fish, and how these decisions are akin to those of the mRNA industry as we strive to successfully navigate “the enigmatic beast” that is the human immune system. 

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Anna Rose Welch





Anna Rose Welch is the director of Cell & Gene Collaborative. In this role, she is forging close relationships with the leading voices and organizations in the cell and gene therapy manufacturing sphere. This includes establishing a peer group comprising Cell & Gene company manufacturing SMEs, conducting interviews and hosting interactive roundtables on the evolving manufacturing paradigm, and authoring thought leadership articles and blog posts via the Cell & Gene Collaborative blog.

Prior to launching Cell & Gene Collaborative, Anna Rose spent five years building an extensive network and editorial following as the Chief Editor of Biosimilar Development. In addition to penning thought leadership on biosimilar regulatory affairs, government policy, and commercialization advances, she was also an active participant in the biosimilar conferences circuit. She was appointed chair or served as a speaker and panel moderator at international conferences, including the World Biosimilar Congress USA, The Biotech Pharma Summit (EU), the CBI Biosimilars Summit, DIA Biosimilars Conference, and the Biosimilar Medicines Group Conference (EU). In 2018, she was invited to Brazil where she addressed members of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA, and local biologics and biosimilar manufacturers on establishing national biologics and biosimilar policies. She also represented the publication on a media tour of Bangkok, Thailand in 2017, during which she reported on the country’s efforts to bolster its life sciences industry. In addition to writing for Biosimilar Development, she penned the introductory chapter to the book, Biosimilars: Regulatory, Clinical, and Biopharmaceutical Development (Springer, 2018).

In 2018, her first book of poetry, We, The Almighty Fires, was published by Alice James Books.