PDA Europe Virtual Training Course - Practical Application of Risk-Based GMP & Quality Principles to Clinical Development of ATMPs

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There has been a surge in clinical development of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), both in the EU and the USA. Many start-up companies, and now even large biopharmaceutical companies, are planning or have already entered into manufacturing these genetically engineered viruses and/or human cell products for clinical studies.

While the ground rules for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Quality of recombinant protein and monoclonal antibody manufacturing and control are well established, for ATMPs these are still under development.  ATMP manufacturing and control presents unique GMP and Quality challenges, such as the heightened concern about the safety/variability of the starting materials, the quality of the raw materials added during processing, the need to protect against adventitious agent contamination throughout the entire manufacturing cycle, the limited analytical methods available to characterize these advanced therapy products, and the reality that the administered clinical medicinal product is a complex living organism. In addition, the expedited pace of clinical studies for these ATMPs places enormous pressure on the need to also rapidly develop and enhance the manufacturing process control systems.

Patients in these clinical development programs need to be protected by common sense GMPs and Quality principles. The available EMA/FDA regulatory authority guidance documents for ATMPs will be thoroughly examined. In addition, the core, risk-based principles presented in PDA’s 2018 Technical Report 81 ‘Cell-Based Therapy Control Strategy’ will be discussed.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance and underlying GMP and Quality principles for manufacturing, control and compliance of ATMPs during clinical stages of development
  • Appreciate the GMP and Quality similarities and differences between protein medicinal products and ATMPs
  • Appropriately apply phase-appropriate GMPs and Quality Principles to the clinical development of ATMPs

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Day 1

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Welcome & Introduction

Overview of the ATMP Landscape

  • Defining the critical terminology: ATMP, CAT, OTAT, RMAT, etc.
  • How the diversity of ATMPs challenge the application of GMP and Quality

Coffee Break

ATMP GMP and Quality Risk Consequences

  • Major differences between gene / cell-based medicines and protein-based medicines
  • Necessity of a risk-based approach

Lunch Break

Regulatory Authority Expectations During Clinical Development

  • EMA guidelines and risk-based considerations for ATMPs
  • FDA guidances, comparison to EMA

Coffee Break

Industry Practice in Applying Phase-Appropriate GMPs and Quality to ATMPs

  • PDA Technical Report 81
  • Lessons learned from industry practice

End of Training Course

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