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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...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    The PhD scientist’s pathway into regulatory affairs

    Making a transition from a life and health science research scientist to a regulatory affairs professional can be challenging. It is difficult to gain the requisite experience in an academic or industry research setting. However, the combination of an advanced science degree, transferable skills, and professional experiences can make this transition attainable.   Intellectual curiosity is often the impetus for pursuing a doctorate degree (PhD). The desire to learn a su...
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    Strategies for clinical development planning

    Clinical development planning can be thought of as the integrated design and structuring of the steps from the first phase 1 study for the initial assessment of safety, to one or more phase 2 studies for better understanding the product’s pharmacology, safety, and effectiveness, to a phase 3 definitive demonstration of efficacy and safety. Optimal strategy can be informed by creating a vision for the product in the form of a target product profile, examining precedence (wh...
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    FDA pilots program to encourage new drug development tools

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced it will pilot a new program it hopes will spur the development of novel drug development tools (DDTs) that do not fit within the agency’s existing DDT qualification programs.   The qualification process for DDTs was revamped under the 21 st Century Cures Act and FDA currently offers specific qualification programs for biomarkers, clinical outcome assessments (COAs) and animal models for use under the Anim...
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    Advanced therapies: Navigation and application of EU and US guidelines during product development

    Continued progression and understanding in the development of advanced therapies has led to a significant increase in the number of products and types of indication under investigation, particularly for treating serious and life-threatening conditions. Although the principle regulatory requirements and guidance, as issued for traditional biologic products, can be generally applied, advanced therapies require additional regulatory and strategic considerations because of the...
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    An overview of upstream manufacturing process and process controls for biologics drug substance: A cytokine case

    This article provides an overview for writing up the biological drug substance manufacturing process and process controls. The authors provide an example for the manufacturing of biological drugs consisting of a cytokine. They cover several complex manufacturing steps and details expected to be included in Section 3.2.S.2.2 (Description of Manufacturing Process and Process Controls) of the Common Technical Document (CTD) for the Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Us...
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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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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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    Patient Groups, Industry Seek Changes to Rare Disease Drug Guidance

    Patient groups, drugmakers and other organizations are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on developing drugs to treat rare diseases.   The 24-page draft guidance was revised last February after first being published in 2015. The revision included updates to the agency’s approach to natural history studies, a discussion of issues for evaluating biomarkers for consideration as surrogate endpoints and a ne...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Nonclinical Drug Development for Serious Hematologic Disorders

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on the nonclinical studies drugmakers should conduct when developing products to treat severely debilitating or life-threatening hematologic disorders (SDLTHDs).   FDA classifies SDLTHDs as hematologic conditions that cause shorter life expectancy or greatly diminished quality of life even with available treatments.   FDA notes that the guidance does not apply to hematologic cancers and covers...