NY/NJ Chapter Webcast: Project Orbis: Updates and Considerations for Priority Review Designated Oncology Therapeutics

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Thursday, 24 March 2022 (12:00 PM) - Thursday, 24 March 2022 (1:30 PM) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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Project Orbis is a global collaborative review program intended to facilitate faster patient access to high-impact cancer therapies and standardize pivotal oncology clinical trials. The program’s first action was in 2019, and since then, it has continued to evolve in scope. Unlike most expedited approval pathways, Project Orbis is not a regulatory route that the sponsor can choose. The FDA selects companies based on clinical significance, and companies are required to take prompt action in a short timeframe. When selected, sponsors have presented the option to coordinate expedited approvals in parallel to their US FDA review in all (or a subset) of participating countries, including Australia, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Brazil, the UK, and, recently, Israel. 

This session will provide:

  • Updates on recent changes and discussion of Type A, B, and C Project Orbis Pathways 
  • Review of recent approvals under Project Orbis
  • Discuss benefits and challenges that should be considered when evaluating the sponsor’s fit for the program
  • Insights into how the program operates 
  • Case studies for activities under Project Orbis
  • Considerations and implications for CMC


This event is brought to you by RAPS New York/New Jersey Chapter to encourage knowledge sharing and community development. RAC holders may claim 1.5 RAC recertification credit.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of Project Orbis Pathways
  • Be better prepared to evaluate the company’s readiness to participate in Project Orbis  
  • Be equipped with knowledge on how the program operates

A live Q&A portion with the speaker will follow the presentation.

Who Should Attend? 

Any industry representatives working with Priority Review Therapeutics in Oncology

  • Regulatory, CMC, Commercial Strategy leadership of Pharmaceutical Companies
  • QA and RA representatives in the industry
  • Those interested in work-sharing and international collaborative regulatory reviews

Audience Learning Level

Learning Level: Advanced

Content is designed for individuals who are well-versed in most, if not all, concepts associated with the topic(s). Activities place a high concentration on analysis and application of concepts or demonstration of competencies through exercises such as case studies, scenario building, and group projects. A high level of participation is expected from each attendee.

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Featured Speakers:

Mark Lane

Mark Lane PhD, VP Development Consulting and Scientific Affairs, Principal Consultant, PharmaLex US

Mark Lane is vice president of development consulting and scientific affairs, and principal consultant at PharmaLex US, a global strategic regulatory and quality consultancy. In this role, he heads the company’s product development and regulatory affairs team. Lane’s expertise includes clinical and regulatory strategy, and program, project and portfolio management for drug development in multinationals, ventures and with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and he has coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Lane has more than 25 years of experience including small molecules, biologics, biosimilars and medical devices across multiple therapy areas.

Lynn May Brown

Lynn May Brown, PhD, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Merck

Lynn is the Global Regulatory Lead for the Keytruda Gynecological program for Merck. In partnership with Eisai, she led the first Project Orbis pilot, leading to simultaneous FDA, Health Canada, and Australian TGA decisions for use of Keytruda plus Lenvima for the treatment of endometrial carcinoma. Her recent experience with FDA reviews of the endometrial phase 3 confirmatory trial and for use of Keytruda for treatment of cervical cancer have broadened her perspective on the evolution of the Project Orbis FDA pilot program. Lynn has been with Merck in various regulatory functions for over 20 years.

Susan Mayer

Susan Mayer Executive Director of Regulatory Strategy – Oncology, Eisai Inc

Susan Mayer is an Executive Director Regulatory Strategy within the Oncology Business Group at Eisai Inc. She is a regulatory professional with over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, 22 of which have been in developing and implementing U.S. and global regulatory strategies. Susan has supported clinical development and clinical quality assurance functions prior to her regulatory strategy roles. In addition to supporting drug development in oncology, she has worked in therapeutic areas that include women’s health care, cardiovascular, and anesthesia products. Susan has been with Eisai Inc. for over 14 years.

Susan Mayer

Ajay Acharya Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs CMC at Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck)

Ajay has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, mainly in Regulatory Affairs CMC, both at Schering-Plough and at Merck. Prior to working in RA, Ajay worked as a QC chemist, compendial affairs, and in change management. Those experiences helped shape his focus on regulatory intelligence and networking, which help in new situations (such as Project Orbis). His most recent NDA approval was for Welireg, but he has overseen approvals for Koselugo (collaboration with AZ) and earlier oncology programs (Temodar). He also has led multiple development programs and is the key CMC SME for the EU Clinical Trials Regulation.

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