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    Stakeholders seek clarity on FDA cell and gene therapy draft guidance

    Industry, medical societies and other stakeholders have weighed in on draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing how sponsors that want to study multiple versions of cell and gene therapies could combine them in a single “umbrella” trial.   The draft guidance, released in September 2021, outlined FDA’s proposed thinking for how this process would work. For cell and gene therapies intended to treat a single disease, sponsors would typically ...
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    Gene therapy developers can expect less hand-holding from OTAT

    A growing workload and insufficient staffing have prompted the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) to institute new processes to expedite its reviews of new cell and gene therapies, said OTAT Director Wilson Bryan at a 6 December webinar sponsored by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.   At the webinar, Bryan was asked to discuss the impact of the projected workload for OTAT, projections for approving new cell and gene t...
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    FDA rolls out more guidance on 'N of 1' gene therapies

    Developers of individualized investigational antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapies for ultra-rare diseases received additional guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In two draft documents, the agency has provided new information for sponsor-investigators and for those overseeing manufacture of these so-called “N of 1” therapies for people with severely debilitating or life-threatening genetic disease.   "Progress in individualized medicines provi...
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    October’s Regulatory Focus: Linguistic review, advanced therapies in Asia-Pacific, and more

    Feature articles during October included an in-depth look at the linguistic review process in Europe and  reviews of the regulatory pathways for herbal medicinal products, medical devices, and supplements in the EU and for advanced therapies in the Asian-Pacific region. Also included was an article on the challenges of data integrity remediation in cGMP facilities.   Linguistic review and herbal product regulation The linguistic review process for centrally authori...
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    New public-private consortium will tackle gene therapies for rare diseases

    Two federal agencies are partnering with pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations to form a consortium aimed at boosting the development of gene therapies for rare diseases.   In a Wednesday announcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed the launch of the Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC). The consortium’s work will be managed by the Foundation for the NIH and sit within the NIH Acceleratin...
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    For gene therapies, FDA drafts trial guidance, finalizes "sameness" for orphan exclusivity

      A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives cell and gene therapy developers a detailed framework for the conduct of umbrella trials, offering the potential for enhanced speed and efficiency in early-stage clinical trials.   In the umbrella trials envisioned under the draft guidance, two or more versions of a cellular or gene therapy product would be studied for one specific disease using just one trial design, shared infrastructure, a...
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    Convergence: Inadequate testing of cell and gene therapies draws FDA concern

    The lack of consistent testing in measuring product quality for cell and gene therapies is a major deficiency found by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewers in its information requests (IRs) to manufacturers in their submission of biologics license applications (BLAs).   This observation was made by Kedest Tadesse, senior research manager for Agency IQ, which recently compiled a survey of deficiencies identified in IR letters in FDA’s review of five approved ...
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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    USP, NIST and NIIMBL collaborate to boost viral vector quality standards

    A new public-private collaborative among the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) pools the expertise or the organizations to develop better measurement tools to assess the quality of adeno-associated virus (AAV), an increasingly important vector for gene therapy delivery.   According to a 27 June ann...
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    EMA's PRAC weighs in on more vaccine side effects

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has weighed in on several rare adverse events for COVID-19 vaccines and one gene therapy for treating thalassemia in their latest Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) meeting.   At its July meeting, EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) found mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, like Pfizer’s Comirnaty and the Moderna vaccine marketed in the EU as Spikevax, carry a small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis....
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    EMA consults on ICH S12 guideline, shares comments on PFDD reflection paper

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday opened a public consultation on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) S12 guideline on nonclinical biodistribution (BD) considerations for gene therapies.   The S12 guideline recently reached Step 2b of the ICH process after being endorsed at the ICH Assembly virtual meeting earlier this month. (RELATED: ICH reports ‘significant milestones’ reached on guidelines ranging from impurity testing to eCTD standa...