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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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    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...
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    Recon: ASCO 21 updates; Moderna goes for teen EUA

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Moderna says that its vaccine is effective for 12- to 17-year-olds and that it will seek F.D.A. authorization ( NYT ) ( NPR ) President Biden still hasn’t appointed a permanent FDA commissioner. That has big implications for upcoming drug approvals ( Fortune ) Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Advance Biomedical Research Stalled by Pandemic ( Global Genes ) ...
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    EMA recommends bluebird bio's Skysona, seven other medicines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a favorable opinion for bluebird bio’s Skysona (elivaldogene autotemcel), a gene therapy that treats early cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CALD). Seven other medicines also received positive recommendations from the agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) during its May meeting.   Skysona’s status as an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) means it was first assessed by EMA’s Committee for Advanced T...
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    FDA: Flexibility okay for gaps in gene therapy trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not amenable to changing study endpoints or sample sizes for gene therapy clinical trials but is encouraging sponsors to fill in gaps in data collection with telemedicine and remote visits.   Wilson Bryan, director of the FDA’s Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told a 12 May meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy that the pandemic is promp...
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    EMA: Lentiviral thalassemia treatment on hold pending cancer investigation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was notified by a gene therapy firm that the company has suspended marketing of its beta thalassemia treatment Zynteglo (betibeglogene autotemcel, bluebird bio) as a precautionary measure.   In a press release , the agency related that bluebird bio’s actions came after a recipient of the related bb1111 gene therapy for sickle cell disease developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Another bb1111 recipient has also developed myelodyspla...
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    FDA guides on COVID considerations in cell and gene therapy

    Manufacturers of cell and gene therapies have a new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that provides pandemic-related manufacturing considerations.   The guidance specifically addresses both licensed and investigational cell and gene therapy (CGT) manufacture, and “is intended to supplement the recommendations to drug and biological product manufacturers provided in FDA’s ‘Good Manufacturing Practice Considerations for Responding to COVID-19 Infect...
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    FDA offers first thoughts on neurodegenerative disease gene therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on the development, testing, and trial design for human gene therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. The document, released on 5 January 2021, also highlights approval pathways for these novel products.   The draft guidance, which applies to products for both adult and pediatric populations, emphasizes the importance of early communication with FDA before the submission of an investigational new drug...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in China

    This article provides an overview of the Chinese regulations and guidance documents for cell and gene therapy products (CGTPs).   Introduction As early as 1993, Chinese regulators provided guidance on clinical research for somatic cell and gene therapy. More regulations, laws, and guidances have since been published, either specific to, or including, CGTPs. The two most recent publications have been draft guidelines for clinical studies for immune cell therapy produc...
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    Gene therapies – The regulatory road to individualized medicine

    This article discusses the evolving US regulatory landscape for gene therapies. The author explores the recent history and developmental paradigm shifts for gene therapy products and concludes with advice for abbreviated development and thoughts on policies that will create a sustainable gene therapy ecosystem. The author examines the paradigm shift of clinical trial and lifecycle management for gene therapies and considers the changes to the US regulatory framework that ...