Will Edwards

Pathway iCASE 0+4

Cohort 2020

0+4 iCASE Student

My PhD project focuses on the application of microfluidic approaches in the CAR T-cell manufacturing process. This technology has the potential to significantly reduce manufacturing costs by using a fraction of the reagents that are required with conventional methods, whilst also providing a high level of process stability and control. With the ambition of developing a single hand-held device to perform all of the operations of an entire laboratory required for the manufacturing process, this technology could reduce costs and ultimately make CAR T-cell therapy accessible to more individuals. I completed my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Surrey, before going on to study an MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research at the University of Cambridge. I chose this particular DTP iCASE programme, as it offers both academic and industrial research experience in a field that I am particularly interested in.