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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of First CAR-T Cancer Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously, 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of a new kind of cancer therapy, known as a Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. Although the outside panel of experts raised questions about concerns with the safety and manufacturing of the Novartis treatment, known as CTL019 (tisagenlecleucel-T), the panel did not question the effi...
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    CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Thursday said his office is equipped to support the development of cutting edge treatments, such as cell and gene therapies. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference, Marks said the 21st Century Cures Act added tools to FDA's regulatory arsenal, including the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to provi...
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    Regulation and Oversight of Gene Therapy in the US

    This article discusses the evolution, potential uses and regulatory aspects of gene therapy and includes funding, delivery mechanisms, bioethics and steps toward clinical trial implementation. Introduction Sponsors and investigators need to be prepared to take specific steps to satisfy FDA and NIH requirements before, during and after clinical trial implementation. There are a significant number of guidance documents and internal procedures aimed at helping to prepare...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Public Disclosure of Info on Unapproved Gene Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule from 2001 that would have required the public disclosure of summaries of safety and effectiveness data, in addition to other information, from pre-market clinical trials of gene therapies and transplanted non-human tissues to humans, known as xenotransplantation. “FDA has reconsidered our position on this issue and deemed our concerns from 2001 outdated. We will continue to ...
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    Microbial Vectors Used for Gene Therapy: FDA Offers Final Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research this week issued final guidance for investigation new drug (IND) submissions for microbial vectors used for gene therapies (MVGTs) in early-phase clinical trials. The 27-page final guidance follows a draft issued in October 2015 and is meant to supplement: “Guidance for FDA Reviewers and Sponsors: Content and Review of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) Information for Human...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    European Commission to Overhaul Concept of ‘Similar’ Medicines Within Context of Orphan Legislation

    The European Commission on Friday proposed to review the concept of “similar medicinal products” in the context of its orphan legislation as part of a wider effort to adapt the text to technical progress. Fifteen years after the implementation of the orphan legislation, the commission says it is currently launching initiatives to improve the implementation of the regulatory framework with a view to ensuring timely access to medicinal products.  In this context, the Comm...
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    EC Report Analyzes Regulatory Frameworks for Advanced Therapies in US, Canada, Japan and Korea

    The European Commission report released Wednesday dissects the similarities in how gene-, cell- and tissue-based advanced therapies are regulated across the four different geographic regions, though ongoing research projects in such therapies are heavily concentrated in the US and Japan. The 327-page report highlights the “high degree of convergence” in the regulation of advanced therapies across the US, Canada, South Korea and Japan, noting that only Japan has enacted (...
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    Advanced Therapies: Stakeholders Call for EMA Changes on Regulations, Manufacturing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released a report outlining the concerns and regulatory changes described by developers, manufacturers and investors in advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), which include gene therapies, tissue-engineered products and somatic cell therapies, at a meeting last week. The report notes that recurring themes included the need for early interaction with regulators and guidance, more transparency, greater harmonization betwe...
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    FDA Looking for Two New Cellular and Gene Therapy Fellows

    • 28 March 2016
    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies is opening up two contract fellowship positions: one to study the potential of human pluripotent stem cells for developing gene and cell therapies, and one to further investigate mechanisms that RNA viruses use to inhibit host immune cell function. Candidates with research experience in virology, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology or gene therapy will receive the strongest consideratio...
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    FDA Sees Spike in Gene and Cell Therapy Applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (CTGTAC) met Tuesday to discuss updates of research programs in the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy (CTGT), which is part of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). The research updates came as Raj Puri, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Cellular, and Gene Therapies (DCGT) at CBER told the committee that although his division has only licensed 12 prod...
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    Senate Bill Seeks to Create Standards Body for Regenerative Medicine

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill on Tuesday to promote the development of regulatory science and standards for regenerative medicine and advanced therapies. The bill, known as the Advancing Standards in Regenerative Medicine Act , would require the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee the creation of a "Standards Coordinating Body" for regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine and advanced therapies belong to a growing field of medicine that i...