SAO PAULO, Brazil – Latin America is following the lead of other developed markets by ramping up its focus on personalized medicine, but there are challenges, including the higher costs of those medicines and a lack of regulations.
SEOUL – South Korea's investors have become very interested in the global cell and gene therapy market. Licensing and M&A deals in the field have been active – a good sign for Korean biopharma firms eager to tap in.
While regulatory science can lag behind technology advances, the FDA has for the past few years been exploring ways to harness the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline drug development and the approval process. A nexus for its efforts is the Information Exchange and Data Transformation (INFORMED) initiative anchored in the agency's Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE). At its inception in 2016, INFORMED was designed to tap into the power of big data and advanced analytics to improve disease outcomes.
BEIJING – With home-grown artificial intelligence (AI) medical devices under priority review, mainland China is quickly putting together a regulatory framework to more rapidly tap into the power of AI to develop devices and drugs.
PERTH, Australia – It's likely that Australia will not draft separate guidance or regulations for software applications that use artificial intelligence or machine learning (AI/ML) for drug development or medical devices. Instead, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will classify AI and ML under software as a medical device (SaMD) when it is intended for diagnosis, prevention, monitoring or treatment or alleviation of disease.
NEW DELHI – Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly gaining a foothold in India's health care landscape, with investors pouring money into the new technology, companies developing products and regulators looking to come up with much-needed rules. India's Ministry of Health has reached out to the public for consultation on its national digital health blueprint that seeks to propel digital health care, including the use of AI in the biotech and medical technology sectors.
The FDA's regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) is divided by product center for reasons that are obvious, but precisely what that regulation will look like is anything but. As the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) goes through the comment period for its discussion draft for AI, other nations are starting their own efforts in this space. The American agency's efforts may foreshadow the approaches employed in other nations.
The U.S. FDA has cleared the way for Physiq Inc., of Naperville, Ill., to market its continuous ambulatory respiratory rate algorithm, adding to the company's portfolio of cloud-based analytics for biopharma and health insurance companies. The 510(k) notification will allow Physiq to boost its higher-level artificial intelligence (AI) platform with validated vital signs inputs.
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Steven Hoerter told BioWorld Asia the FDA approval of Turalio (pexidartinib) from Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. last week "leaves a lot of headroom for efficacy," given the response rate of about 40%. "One of the most significant concerns that the FDA had was hepatotoxicity, which is an off-target effect," he added, so the approval came with "some fairly onerous monitoring requirements."