Newsletter | January 7, 2020

01.07.20 -- 3 Keys To Realizing FDA's Vision For CAR-T And Other ATMPs


Greetings Cell & Gene readers,


USP held its 8th Bioassay workshop September 18 and 19 and expanded its scope to cover challenges related to potency assays for cell and gene therapy products. Here’s the detailed recap.


While much can be done to improve patient access through various social support and payer systems, the fundamental problem remains the time and cost of developing and manufacturing complex biopharmaceutical products, including CAR‑T-cell therapies. Learn the three keys to realizing the FDA's vision for CAR-T and other ATMPs.


Erin Harris, editor in chief
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