Today, researchers and clinicians are under great pressure to develop therapies capable of reversing or significantly impacting the progression of disease. In recent years, the arrival of the cell and gene therapy industries have introduced the possibility of providing transformative, durable and potentially curative outcomes for a diverse range of life-threatening conditions, as well as injuries, degenerative diseases, genetic disorders, and cancers. [Read more…]
Over the past few years, the regulatory landscape for cell therapy development has grown increasingly complex. There are now accelerated pathways for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) in several countries worldwide, including the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. While the possibility for accelerated commercialization has resulted from these changes, substantial complexity has also been introduced, making it a more elaborate process to move cell therapy products from “bench to bedside.”
In the interview with Yaron Ramati, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Pluristem Therapeutics, we get an expert’s perspective on how the regulatory environment has changed and new opportunities that exist for bringing cell therapy products through the clinical trial process and into the global marketplace. [Read more…]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a temporary program called the Tissue Reference Group (TRG) Rapid Inquiry Program (TRIP), which will operate as part of FDA’s Tissue Reference Group.
The program will assist manufacturers of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps), including those stakeholders that market HCT/Ps to healthcare professionals and/or patients, obtain a rapid, preliminary, informal, non-binding assessment from the FDA regarding how specific HCT/Ps are regulated.
The agency intends to respond to inquiries that contain sufficient detail for evaluation within three days of receipt, as resources permit. The program will be available until December 31, 2019.
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Source: U.S. FDA
In this interview with Dr. Riam Shammaa, Medical Director at the Canadian Centres for Regenerative Therapy (CCRT), we discuss FDA regulation of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/P’s), as well as the difference between 351 and 361 products.
While the FDA has a critical role in market oversight, individual market participants are also responsible for understanding the regulatory framework affecting the sale, distribution, and utilization of cell therapy, gene therapy, and tissue engineering products. This interview is aimed to help you understand the FDA framework affecting HCT/Ps within the U.S, as well as the framework and recommendations implemented by Health Canada.
SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 15, 2019 — “We’re at an inflection point when it comes to cell and gene therapies. These treatments have the potential to address hundreds of vexing human diseases and conditions. When we first issued our comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework in November 2017, our goal was to achieve a balanced and risk-based approach to support product development in cell-based therapies, while clarifying the FDA’s authorities and enforcement priorities to make sure we were protecting patients,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. [Read more…]