The BioPhorum Gene-Editing subteam have produced a member only tool enabling the end-user to determine comparisons between different gene-editing techniques and delivery methods which can be used in cell and gene therapy drug product development and manufacture. The tool allows the user to form individual conclusions based on the users' requirements.
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While previously only found in academic, pre-clinical and early clinical stages, RNA technologies, including mRNA therapeutics, have emerged as a promising drug modality due to their essential biological role in protein expression and their potential versatility in manufacturing. RNA is in the global spotlight and is being
prioritized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to maintain the current momentum as industry and agencies return to a ‘normal’ cycle of development for a wider range of drugs and therapies, experts in this field need to come together to identify and address challenges unique to the RNA modality. BioPhorum has started this by bringing together industry leaders to identify RNA-focused manufacturing challenges, and is working toward solutions to common challenges and improving current processes. The purpose of this article is to introduce this critical area and to show the unique RNA challenges, not only limited to mRNA therapeutics already identified by the cross-industry team, but also to include how these challenges could potentially negatively impact companies and the RNA industry. It sets out what the team is hoping to achieve via this collaboration, both in terms of outputs and benefits to the industry.
BioPhorum member only summary document providing feedback and recommendations to FDA consultation Human gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases: draft guidance for industry
Challenges for potency assay development for in vivo and ex vivo gene therapies and the matrix approach
This paper highlights some of the challenges to develop potency assays for gene therapies and promotes a potential solution. It seeks to establish Industry alignment on the benefits of a matrix approach and provides high level guidance on how to adopt this strategy towards potency assay development and validation with examples for in vivo and ex vivo GT processes.
The purpose of this article is to identify, share, and enhance a framework for master cell bank (MCB) testing and release. It is intended to increase the speed of learning and ultimately influence and/or aid regulatory agencies in developing guidance or policies around GT development and manufacturing.