Expertise and Experience


"This Facility has been absolutely unique from our point of view. That's the only way that allowed me to grow the stem cells for transplantation into patients and restore their sight."
Professor Francisco Figueiredo, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


The Cellular Therapies Facility has over 15 years' experience in the production of haematopoietic stem cells for transplantation in its cleanrooms at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, and offers a Regional Transplant Service. Around 140 transplants are processed in the Facility each year for adult and paediatric haematology, immunology and oncology patients in Newcastle’s hospitals. 

The Facility also works with leading clinicians to develop and manufacture novel cellular therapies:


Professor Anne Dickinson is Professor of Marrow Transplant Biology at Newcastle University and Director of the Facility. Anne is also a Health Professions Council registered Clinical Scientist and has over 25 years experience in this field. Through Professor Dickinson, the Facility is involved in major EU projects such as CellEurope and Agora.