FDA's Marks Sees 'Two Or Three Year Window' To Transform Gene Therapy Environment
Agency has to ‘think creatively’ to make gene therapies commercially viable, CBER director says, suggesting greater use of accelerated approval endpoints and advancing manufacturing technologies. Center is focused on recruiting mid-level career people with manufacturing experience.
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Three of the accelerated approvals were for CAR-T products, a class that the agency considers to be gene therapies. The FDA’s September approval of bluebird bio’s Skysona for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy was the lone non-cancer product in the group. Pink Sheet infographic tracks the required confirmatory studies and timelines for all four products.
CBER’s New Home For Gene Therapies: OTAT Changes To OTP But Leadership Questions Remain
US FDA has not named permanent heads of several offices within the new Office of Therapeutic Products, the only super office in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
US FDA Cell/Gene Therapy Office ‘Aggressively Recruiting’ Amid Reorg, Senior Staff Departures
Transformation of former Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies into a ‘super office’ will provide leadership opportunities for a younger generation, retiring director Wilson Bryan says. CBER head Peter Marks says he is not concerned if agency staff later go to work for industry; suggests increased staffing and reorg could help cut down on gene therapy IND clinical holds.