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Fda regulation of cell therapy

FDA Regulation of Cell Therapy

Celia M.Witten, Ph.D., M.D.

Director, Office of Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies

Fourth Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference

October 13, 2009

New York, New York


  • CBER (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research): vaccines, blood and blood products, human tissue/tissue products for transplantation, cells, gene therapy

    • Office of Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies

    • Office of Vaccines Research and Review

    • Office of Blood Research and Review

  • CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research): drugs, some biological products

  • CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health): devices for treatment, implants, diagnostic devices

  • CVM


  • NCTR

Octgt products
OCTGT Products

  • Cellular therapies

  • Tumor vaccines and immunotherapy

  • Gene therapies

  • Tissue and tissue based products

  • Xenotransplantation products

  • Combination products

  • Devices used for cells/tissues

  • Donor screening tests (for use with cadaveric blood samples)

Cells examples of indications sources
Cells: Examples of Indications/Sources

  • Pancreatic islets for diabetes

  • Stem and skeletal muscle progenitor cells for ischemic cardiac

  • Hematopoietic reconstitution in treatment of malignancies

  • Stem cells for metabolic storage diseases

  • Stem cells for CNS indications (Parkinson’s disease)

  • Expanded autologous cartilage for joint repair

Regulatory requirements for initiating clinical trials
Regulatory Requirements for Initiating Clinical Trials

  • Individual subject safety must be balanced against the potential public health benefits of new therapies

  • Risk assessment requires sufficiently detailed information regarding:

    • Product characterization and safety testing

    • Preclinical data supporting safety

    • Eligibility criteria

    • Product administration procedure

    • Clinical safety monitoring

Common issues that delay initiation of clinical trials
Common Issues that Delay Initiation of Clinical Trials

  • Product to be used in the trial different from that used in preclinical studies

  • Insufficient preclinical data to support safety of product administration to humans

  • No information about compatibility of product and delivery device

  • Inadequate plan for monitoring of subjects after product administration

Fda and meetings
FDA and Meetings

  • Product specific confidential inquiries

  • Scientific meetings

  • Advisory Committee Discussions

  • Workshops

  • Liaison Meetings

Recent meetings workshops
Recent Meetings/Workshops

Sponsored or co-sponsored by FDA on

scientific/regulatory topics:

  • FDA/NIAID Workshop: Animal Models for the Treatment of Acute Radiation Syndrome — September 27, 2008

  • FDA/NIH/CIBMTR/ASBMT Workshop: Clinical Trials Endpoints for Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation — March 13, 2009

  • FDA/NCI Workshop: Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines

    Considerations for Early Phase Clinical Trials Based on Lessons Learned from Phase III— October 27, 2009

  • NIH/JDRF/FDA Workshop: Next Generation Beta-Cell Transplantation — November 9, 2009

Recent advisory committee meetings
Recent Advisory Committee Meetings

  • April 10-11 2008:

    • Cellular Therapies Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Scientific Considerations for Pre-Clinical Safety Testing

    • Response to September 2005 Review of OCTGT Research Program

    • FDA Somatic Cell Therapy Letter

    • Update: OCTGT Guidance Development Program

  • May 14-15 2009:

    • The potential for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea transmission by certain human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps)

    • Animal models for porcine xenotransplantation products intended to treat Type 1 diabetes or acute liver failure

    • Clinical issues related to the FDA draft guidance “Preparation of IDEs and INDs for Products Intended to Repair or Replace Knee Cartilage.”

  • October 9 2009: Isolagen Therapy for moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles

Safety of cell therapies derived from human embryonic stem cells april 10 2008
Safety of Cell Therapies Derived from Human Embryonic Stem CellsApril 10, 2008

  • Safety Concerns

  • Product Characterization

  • Trial Design

  • Contributions from

    • Advisory Committee Meetings

    • Reviewer Experience/Interactions with Stakeholders

2009 guidance documents
2009 Guidance Documents Cells

  • Draft Guidance for Industry: Clinical Considerations for Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines 9/2009

  • Guidance for Industry: Considerations for Allogeneic Pancreatic Islet Cell Products 9/2009

  • Draft Guidance for Industry: Somatic Cell Therapy for Cardiac Disease 3/2009

  • Draft Guidance for Industry: Use of Serological Tests to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Whole Blood and Blood Components for Transfusion and Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products 3/2009

  • Guidance for Industry: Current Good Tissue Practice (CGTP) and Additional Requirements for Manufacturers of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps) 1/2009

Outreach collaborations

Government organizations Cells







Liaison meetings



Standards organizations




Research collaborations





Academic Institutions

International activities





Contact information
Contact Information Cells

Celia Witten, PH.D., M.D.

Office Director, OCTGT


1401 Rockville Pike (HFM 70)

Rockville, MD 20852-1448