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    Regulatory Focus, July issue: Cell and gene therapy

    Feature articles during July focused on global regulatory strategy for cell and gene therapy, with articles on US and EU regulations and guidances and the development and manufacture of the therapies. Also included were articles on recasting the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process as a continuous improvement process, a military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence (RWE) to support regulatory decision making, and regulatory reporting in multinational tria...
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    Gene therapies: Industry asks for clarification on FDA’s sameness guidance

    Biotech companies and industry groups are raising questions about the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance on interpreting sameness of gene therapy products under its orphan drug regulations.   The draft guidance, issued for comment in January, explains how FDA intends to determine the sameness of two gene therapies intended for the same use or indication for the purposes of awarding orphan drug designation and exclusivity. (RELATED: FDA fina...
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    Regulation of advanced therapy medicinal products in the EU

    This article explains some of the terminology relating to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), including gene and cell-based therapies, tissue-engineered products, and combined ATMPs. The author explains the key EU regulations and guidance documents for each therapy type and discusses marketing authorization, accelerated regulatory pathways, and market access. He advises companies navigating this complex regulatory environment to engage with the regulatory agencies...
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    Update on RMAT designations

    This article discusses the scope and purpose of the special designation for regenerative medicine advanced therapies (RMAT) created by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. The authors explain the benefits expected to be realized with RMAT and provide a tally of products receiving the special designation to date and a current count, by year, of products for which RMAT designation has been requested.   Introduction Section 3033 of the 21st Century Cures Act, titl...
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    Cell and gene therapies: FDA official on COVID-19 impact

    Speaking at a session on cell and gene therapies at BIO Digital on Monday, a top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official discussed the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the agency’s work related to cell and gene therapies.   “Before the pandemic, we were seeing a huge escalation in the workload that we have to make adjustments for,” said Wilson Bryan, director of the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies at the Center for Biologics Eval...
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    Bespoke therapies – opportunities, challenges, and hope

    This article discusses the advent of bespoke therapies, defined as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics or symptoms and responses of a patient during all stages of care and as a new frontier beyond personalized medicine. The author covers the revolutionary genetic tools implementing such therapies and the clinical and nonclinical safety perspectives for bespoke therapies. The author concludes that with bespoke therapies we are entering a new...
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    Refine gene therapy follow-up guidance, expert says

    It’s time for regulatory agencies, academics and pharmaceutical companies to convene to refine guidance for long-term follow-up of patients receiving gene therapy. That was the message Anne-Virginie Eggimann, senior vice president for regulatory science at bluebird bio, Inc., brought to a policy session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy .   To date, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) hav...
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    Novartis Admits to ‘Mistake’ After Partial Clinical Hold Placed on Zolgensma Trial

    Novartis on Wednesday said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a partial hold on intrathecal clinical trials of its gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients based on findings in a small preclinical animal study.   On Thursday, a Novartis spokesperson told Focus that a draft report of the preclinical safety findings was presented to the AveXis safety management team last March and the company “...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies   Hong Kong has proposed legislation to create a regulatory framework for advanced therapy products (ATPs), such as interventions based on cells, genes and tissues. The plan is to amend existing laws to create licensing, labeling and record-keeping requirements for ATPs.   Work to update the law ...
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    As Stem Cell Clinics Proliferate, E&C Leaders Seek to Hear FDA’s Plan

    A bipartisan group of representatives on the Energy & Commerce (E&C) committee sent a letter to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday seeking more details on the agency’s plan to slow the proliferation of stem cell clinics. While noting that FDA has agreed to exercise enforcement discretion for 36 months in a recent guidance, the letter also explains how CBER Director Peter Marks said in April that industry has shown “mo...
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    FDA Questions Arizona Stem Cell Company

    As part of efforts to crack down on companies selling unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday sent an untitled letter to Arizona-based R3 Stem Cell and its more than 50 affiliate centers or clinics. FDA raises concerns with R3 because its website makes unsubstantiated claims about the stem cell products, which FDA says appear to be human cell, tissue, or cellular or tissue-based p...
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    Drug Regulators Look to Harmonize How They Tackle Innovation

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) recently released a report on how various regulators worldwide are working together to better identify and address future regulatory challenges posed by new categories of therapeutics, like cell and gene therapies, and new tools for drug development, such as artificial intelligence (AI). The report, which is part of a wider effort to reduce duplicative work and increase harmonization among drug regu...