CGT Forum Ireland
The Cell and Gene Therapy Forum (CGT Forum) was established in 2018 to discuss, plan and coordinate Ireland’s approach to becoming a global leader in advanced therapeutics.
Building on Ireland’s success over the last two decades in attracting foreign direct investment in recombinant protein manufacturing, the CGT Forum initially focused on the CGT manufacturing opportunity. More recently the Forum has expanded its remit to also focus on CGT development and clinical research.
The Mission of CGT Forum
We want to make Ireland a Global leader for the development, manufacture, supply and adoption of advanced therapies, including cell and gene therapies and novel vaccines, through strong investment in world-class training, an innovative research base and excellent clinical trials infrastructure.
There are now over 100 members on the CGT Forum representing a variety of different stakeholders including:
- Multinational biopharma companies
- Equipment vendors
- Design/engineering companies
- Specialist recruitment companies
- Higher education-based researchers
- Research institutes
- Representative bodies
- Government agencies
- National funding agencies
- Indigenous & international biotech companies
CGT Forum Working Groups
The Forum is currently working on addressing what it believes Ireland needs to do to ensure it capitalises on the huge commercial and therapeutic opportunity that advanced therapeutics represent. Seven working groups have been established to focus on specific priority areas to ensure success:
Working Group 1
Development of a CGT manufacturing technical/capability ‘strengths-map’ for Ireland
Working Group 2
Understanding the big challenges facing CGT manufacturing
Working Group 3
Influencing Ireland investment/funding decision-making in CGT manufacturing
Working Group 4
Influencing European decision-making in CGT & ATMP manufacturing
Working Group 5
Developing Ireland’s Education & ATMP Training programs to support CGT manufacturing and development.
Working Group 6
Supporting a thriving CGT indigenous start-ups and SME environment
Working Group 7
Improving Ireland’s CGT Clinical Trial ecosystem
Working Groups Recommendations and Strategies
Throughout 2022-23 these groups will generate recommendations and strategies that, it is hoped, will shape national policy and actions to ensure that the ecosystem:
Attracts FDI in the form of CGT manufacturing activity to Ireland, with an ambition to match the success in the recombinant protein space in recent decades.
Prioritises, supports and promotes indigenous innovation within the HEI and start-up sector.
Provides relevant education and training offerings to ensure the development of an appropriately skilled workforce.
Advances Ireland as an attractive location for supporting clinical trials in CGT.
There are currently over 100 members of the CGT Forum. Names and further information about the members can be found in our searchable database.
To become a member of the CGT Forum please contact us using the link below.Join the CGT Forum
The benefits of joining the CGT Forum include:
- Opportunity to participate in Forum meetings and events
- Membership of an expansive cross-sectoral network of ATMP-focused stakeholders
- Improved access to influencers across the industry, academic and government sector
- Opportunity to shape the ATMP agenda in Ireland