ORLANDO, Fla. – In an effort to get sickle cell disease (SCD) researchers, drug developers, patients and regulators all on the same page, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the FDA have released new recommendations aimed at establishing uniform global standards for clinical trial endpoints to evaluate new therapies.
New York-based startup 3Dbio Therapeutics snagged a rare pediatric disease designation from the U.S. FDA for Aurinovo, its investigational combination product for reconstruction of the outer ear in patients with microtia. The product offers an alternative to established treatments, none of which enable patients to regain an auricle comprising living tissue other than rib grafts, which are associated with significant donor site morbidity.
PERTH, Australia – Industry was supportive of most of the changes proposed by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for custom-made and 3D-printed devices. However, the comments also indicated that the current regulatory requirements for custom-made devices are not well understood. The agency stressed that increasing use of 3D printing for medical applications is raising questions about the adequacy of the current medical device regulatory framework to mitigate risks to patients.
An FDA review of Enzyvant Inc.'s RVT-802, a tissue-based therapy for children born without a thymus, has drawn a complete response letter (CRL) from the agency over concerns about chemistry, manufacturing and controls, scuttling hopes it would become the first FDA-designated regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) to win approval from the agency.
Toronto-based Moleculight Inc. has received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for its i:X hand-held fluorescence imaging device for use in detecting bacteria in wounds at the point of care. The milestone comes a little over a year after the agency granted de novo clearance for the device in August 2018 and lends additional credence to the device’s benefits in wound evaluation and management. “The granting of our 510(k) clearance by the FDA for the i:X hand-held fluorescence imaging device is very exciting and is a further validation of the growing clinical evidence supporting the utility of our imaging platform,” said Anil Amlani, Moleculight’s CEO.
The patent lawsuit of Athena v. Mayo revisits previous case law where patent subject matter eligibility is concerned, and numerous parties have weighed in urging the Supreme Court to hear the case. However, the U.S. Solicitor General has not responded with its own friend-of-the-court brief, an omission that would seem to take some of the pressure off the Supreme Court to hear the case.