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FDA leader Stephen Hahn was pressured to aid Texas firm Direct Biologics

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

An FDA FOIA dump of text messages of former Commissioner Stephen Hahn suggests that a Texas regenerative firm called Direct Biologics benefited from political pressure on him in mid-2020. Then he was asked again to help in early 2021. This was shortly before he resigned at the start of the Biden Administration. The push came from …

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Did COVID derail FDA stem cell clinic plan?

Mark Raza FDA stem cell clinic plan

The FDA stem cell clinic problem just continues to grow, while the agency has been oddly quiet in this space for more than a year. It’s been a major disappointment, particularly as in recent years FDA leadership had implied that bold action was coming. Their own words spiked expectations that the agency would tackle unproven …

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What is an FDA warning letter & how should firms respond

FDA warning letter

Firms that are active in the biologics space face many possible challenges but the possibility of getting an FDA warning letter is one of the most intense. The goal of today’s post is to explain what an FDA warning letter is all about. This analysis includes what such a letter means and what steps come …

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Fact-checking troubling R3 Stem Cell clinic chain

Map of R3 stem cell clinic locations

I’ve had concerns about an American unproven clinic firm called R3 Stem Cell for many years. They sell unproven stem cell-related “treatments” via dozens of affiliated locations. I put quotes around treatments because in my view there is no good evidence here for claims of treating numerous serious illnesses. The goal of today’s post is …

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One size doesn’t fit all? FDA may soften some cell therapy regs

dr. peter marks fda, cell therapy

The Pink Sheet just broke the story that the FDA may change up its oversight of the cell therapy space. This possible shift could drop the oversight bar somewhat for certain products. Most likely it’d be those with lower anticipated risks. The Pink Sheet piece by Sue Sutter is titled US FDA To Explore New Regulatory Pathways …

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End of FDA “grace period” impacted perinatal cell therapy biotechs

knot in umbilical cord, perinatal cell therapy

If there’s one area of biologics where the FDA has been consistently busy lately it’s the perinatal cell therapy space. The agency has made it clear in the last year that allogeneic birth-related cell products are often drugs requiring premarket approval. This has mainly manifested at a practical enforcement level. We’ve seen actions taken in …

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FDA news: warning letter pattern, cancer moonshot, CAR-T & gene-editing guidance

FDA-draft-guidance

The FDA has been busy with the COVID pandemic but it has many other things on its plate as well including cell therapies. Today I’m sharing some recent agency news and brief perspectives on it. FDA focus on clinic-related umbilical cord cell drug makers The agency warned an Idaho company that produces and sells umbilical …

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Turner pub charts runaway stem cell clinic industry; FDA needs to think big now

U.S. Stem cell clinics map 2021.

Leigh Turner’s new Cell Stem Cell paper on the unproven stem cell clinic industry following up on our collaborative work together in 2015-2016 is great work but very discouraging. He found more than 2,700 clinics run by more than 1,000 firms in the U.S. This is several-fold growth since 2016. I’m very glad that Leigh has continued this line of …

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Weekly reads: New FDA guidance, brains, MSCs, senescence

human mouse marmoset brain

This week marked the release of new draft FDA guidance on cell and gene therapies. Is the FDA kind of like the guidance counselor at school or more like the principal? It probably depends on many factors. I also find it funny how pretty much everyone in academia and biotech industry works to be compliant …

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Weekly recommended reads including asymmetric division & chromatin

Asymmetric division and chromatin

One of my favorite types of papers are those on stem cells and chromatin, and a new one in Current Biology caught my eye this week. My own lab website has the URL chromatin.com so that says something. You can also read more about our research here. Recommended reads: chromatin and stem cells, more Asymmetric …

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