Regenerative Medicine In Cures: Conditional Approval Dropped In Lieu Of ‘Breakthrough’-Style Approach
Push to open up new US pathway for regenerative medicine helped the 21st Century Cures bill make it to the finish line in the lame duck Congress – but only after the proposal has been dramatically revised to fit into the established BLA pathway.
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