Customer Stories / Life Sciences

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Lyell Immunopharma

Lyell Immunopharma develops transformational cancer therapies at the intersection of biology and technology.

In this video, Liz Homans, chief executive officer (CEO) of Lyell, discusses the company’s next-frontier work in cell therapy, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Lyell’s cell therapy reprograms the body’s own cancer-fighting T-cells to more effectively eliminate cancerous tissue. Similar techniques have already proven effective at fighting soft-tissue cancers, but the vast majority of cancers (90 percent) consist of solid tumors, such as breast, skin, colon, and lung cancers. Lyell’s therapy, already in clinical trials, is targeted at these types of solid-tumor cancers. To produce these therapies more efficiently, with the potential to scale, the company built on AWS to create the LyFE Manufacturing Center (LyFE). LyFE is an all-digital, paperless cell therapy manufacturing facility built using AWS solutions, such as AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS Lambda (Lambda), AWS Glue, Amazon Athena, and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), for healthcare and life sciences.


Given the complexity of the process, and just the massive amounts of data that cell therapy generates, we knew that AWS was the only obvious choice for a strategic cloud provider."

Liz Homans
Chief Executive Officer, Lyell

AWS Services Used

AWS IoT Greengrass

Build intelligent IoT devices faster with AWS IoT Greengrass, an open-source edge runtime and cloud service for building, deploying, and managing device software.

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AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a serverless, event-driven compute service that lets you run code for virtually any type of application or backend service without provisioning or managing servers.

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AWS Glue

AWS Glue is a serverless data integration service that makes it easier to discover, prepare, move, and integrate data from multiple sources for analytics, machine learning (ML), and application development.

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Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena is a serverless, interactive analytics service built on open-source frameworks, supporting open-table and file formats.

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