A revolutionary new study of a vaccine designed to kill cancer and prevent it from coming back hinges on a high-tech device made by a small company in Oswego County.
Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo recently received approval to produce the vaccine, made from human cells, using a special incubator manufactured by BioSpherix Ltd., a company about 44 miles north of Syracuse in Lacona, a small village in the town of Sandy Creek.
Roswell officials say their center is the first research facility in the world to use a device of this kind for vaccine cell production in an approved, government-regulated study.
Making the vaccine and other therapies that use human cells require ultra sterile conditions. The FDA typically requires research facilities to do this work in clean room facilities that cost millions of dollars to build and operate.