No matter how relevant the learning sessions, it’s hard being out of the office and away from home. This year, we’re packing more great content and networking into less time. That means more time for the things that matter most to you.
The breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) was introduced in 2012 under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) with an intention to foster innovation for the development of drugs indicated for serious or life threatening diseases or conditions. Ten of the 45 new drugs approved by the FDA in 2015 received BTD. The total number of requests, grant of status, and approvals of BTD increase every year. In early 2016 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted the Priority Medicines (PRIME) scheme. PRIME is being compared to the FDA’s BTD, which speeds up the review process for specific drugs that address serious unmet medical needs. This session will review case studies, breakdown the background of BTD and tackle the pros and cons of EMA PRIME.
Not managing quality in an integrated way throughout the product lifecycle can be costly to companies, both in profitability and reputation. This session will evaluate the environment for biopharma companies' portfolios of marketed products. Our panelists will discuss best practices related to managing the safety, regulatory and benefit-risk activities for in marketed products maintenance.
Join us for an in-depth look at the history of global labeling alignment over the past several years and the industry trends for the future. We’ll review the regulations and challenges related to maintaining identical safety content between generic and branded labels. Plus, assess the magnitude of inconsistencies of product labeling safety changes in leading products across major markets.
There are currently 19 Alzheimer’s drugs in Phase III clinical trials, and 17 treatments could launch in the next five years. Patients and caregivers could witness unprecedented innovation in Alzheimer’s disease treatment development. Many conversations about the regulatory environment focus on the state of play in Alzheimer’s without drawing applicable lessons from other disease areas. Not this conversation. Our panel will not only address issues facing the Alzheimer’s treatment regulatory pathway, but also apply best practices and teachings from disease areas that have already improved their regulatory environments.
Get a breakdown of the new European legislation for clinical trials with pharmaceuticals and find out how the various stakeholders are preparing for the new procedures. The status of implementation of the various requirements into national procedures will be presented. The impact of the upcoming legislative changes from the perspective of US-based organizations will be discussed. Our panel will share their experiences to date and will make practical recommendations on how and when to implement the necessary changes within your organization.
Over the past decade, regulatory legislations for drug development in pediatric patients were passed worldwide, dramatically increasing the number of drugs tested in and labeled for children. This session will speak to various initiatives and updates including the new guidance prepared by the Pediatric Study Plan Working Group. Our panelists will also highlight respective regulatory and development challenges of pediatric drugs and the new funding initiative for the EU Horizon 2020.
With the pharmaceutical industry rapidly adapting their business models in the Asia Pacific region, a growing list of regulatory requirements and expectations are imposing new challenges to regulatory affairs professionals. We’ll face these challenges head on in this session, and provide you guidance on creating a strategy, process and timeline with special considerations and local requirements for drug product registration.
Advanced therapies like cell and gene therapies hold great potential in treating serious diseases and helping to address many unmet medical needs. However, the development of these innovative therapies have some unique challenges. This session will cover the most recent developments in the US, EU and Japan, highlighting the differences and commonalities in the regulatory frameworks across regions. The latest trends in precision medicine such as CAR T-cells and RNA-based vaccines will be presented. Furthermore, special regulatory pathways like the Japanese conditional approval pathway for regenerative medicines will be discussed not only in theory but in real-life case studies.
Orphan drug designations and approvals have shown impressive growth annually over the past 15 years. Join us as we take a look at the newest initiatives to maintain productivity in the US, EU and Japan. Our panelists will also highlight respective challenges and caveats of exclusivities in this growing area of development.
The landscape in drug development and for getting a drug to market is changing. In this session, we will discuss solutions for successful stakeholder interactions during drug development, namely on how value translates from R&D to market and ultimately patients. We’ll critically look at the challenges posed by expedited pathway schemes from the payers’ perspective and how the need for earlier patient access further complicates the drug development considerations. You will also learn how to develop a realistic roadmap for the development of a therapeutically and commercially successful drug.
Design and selection of clinical endpoints almost always sparks a lively debate and regulatory staff are a key participant in the discussion. Selection of key endpoints that will be acceptable to health authorities, and also support the marketing claims desired by the company, is of paramount importance. This session will discuss strategic approaches to selection of key primary endpoints for novel or preventative therapies, especially those that are not specifically covered by regulatory guidance or reference products. The session will also touch upon considerations when expanding into pediatric populations and the EU perspective on both pediatrics and novel therapies. In addition the value of the FDA and EMA Drug Development Tool Qualification process will be presented as it relates to clinical endpoint selection.
Making sure your prescription drug advertising and promotion is compliant involves more than 21 CFR requirements. This interactive session will showcase common ad/promo tactics where the convergence and divergence of regulatory, legal, medical and healthcare compliance concerns occur.
News of the Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome have dominated the airwaves. Latin America was fiercely affected by the new pandemic disease. What’s being done to implement clinical trials to start researching the disease to stop the spread to pandemic proportions? We will present the case of Puerto Rico and discuss the latest initiatives in clinical research for the development of new diagnostics and treatments. Plus, we will review the updated legislation in Brazil for Pharmacovigilance (PV) of biologics and vaccines.
Since the FDA eCTD
Module 1 went live in June 2015, a number of companies have begun to submit
using new DTD. In this session, find out and learn the critical do’s and
don’ts from submitting promotional and grouped submissions. By using an
existing NIH case study, we will walk you through the steps on how to get
accurate and compliant submissions and limit mistakes when using complicated
Biosimilars have made a big impact on drug prescription choice. Biosimilars are officially approved versions of original biologic “innovator” products. Since they are not identical, they are not interchangeable. The EU has been approving them for years, and now the US is addressing requirements. This session will discuss the impact on the marketplace, how the FDA will define interchangibility with reference drugs and outline lessons learned after shortcuts of guidelines led to problems with biosimilar programs.
From market opportunities and access to registration and the regulatory approach of orphan drugs to treat rare diseases and low incidence onological/hemato-oncological diseases, Latin American regional regulators from Brazil, Cuba and El Salvador bring you the latest on the growing demand, market information and updated regulations.
At the Convergence, attendees can engage in a variety of sessions that cover multiple areas of focus within the regulatory world. The following program tracks are available this year:
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