Cellular Therapies


raise awareness of cellular therapies and support their improvement globally within Transfusion Medicine

Cellular Therapy involves utilization of cells for treatment including haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). HSCT may enable stem and progenitor cells to be engrafted, replacing the bone marrow of the recipient completely. Other examples include bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells, embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPs) and specific T-lymphocytic cell lines which can differentiate into a variety of cells. In the future this might also include the ex-vivo expansion of cord blood into red blood cells, platelets and their progenitors. Novel blood-derived therapeutics include platelet lysates, amniopatch and serum eye drops.


We cover all the different aspects of (novel) cellular therapies. We foster collaboration amongst ISBT members, promote investigation and initiate projects including guidelines and standards. We act as an expert group to advise ISBT and cooperate with the AABB Cell therapy Working Group. We provide a platform for discussion, especially when related to transfusion and provide a resource for learning and the exchange of ideas.

Our Chairperson is Mickey Koh.



We meet at the ISBT congresses and initiate collaborative projects. We advise and represent ISBT on global issues regarding cellular therapy and collaborate with AABB's Cellular Therapy Group.

Joining the WP

Our WP currently comprises mostly of medical professionals including haemato-oncologists, infectious disease experts, doctors, nurses and scientists working in the area of cell and tissue regeneration. But other interested individuals (regulatory affairs, specialized nurses, quality managers or scientists) are also eligible to join.

Interested in joining the Cellular Therapies WP? Please email our Chairperson.




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Topics and activities

Our main aim is to bring current and best practices in cellular therapy to transfusion professionals. Please find below some topics where we work on supporting you with material and ideas. Please click on the below links to read more about the Working Party activities. 

Human Platelet Lysate

Autologous Serum Eye drops

Unproven Cellular Therapies

Biobanking for Therapeutic Purposes

Useful links and cooperations

AABB Center for Cellular Therapies

International Society for Cell Therapy

Joint Accrediation Committee of EBMT & ISBT

Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (WBMT)


Upcoming events organized by the Working Party

Eye Drops from Human Origin - First EDHO Workshop on Current Standards and Future Developments March 19-20, 2020 in Vienna, Austria

This Workshop on eye drops of human origin (EDHO) will provide a forum for scientists, regulatory authorities, ophthalmologists and transfusion experts on the usage, quality and manufacture of eye drops from human origin. Selected scientific lectures from well-known experts will be presented. The aim is to reach some consensus on classification, validation and standardization of these products. The active participation from various regulatory agencies will also be an important emphasis of this workshop. Ample time shall be provided for a highly stimulating discussions. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Find the programme here.

To register for this workshop, please click here


Mickey Koh

Mickey Koh


St. Georges Hospital & Medical School
Stem cell transplantation
London, UK