Standardization, workforce development and advocacy in cell and gene therapies: a summary of the 2020 Regenerative Medicine InterCHANGE.
Cell and gene therapy is a promising and disruptive new field of medicine for diseases lacking effective treatments. Collaboration among stakeholders has become critically important as investigators, health care providers, manufacturers, couriers, data registries, regulators and payers all become more invested in the success of this field. Many organizations have collaborated with each other to increase clarity, advocate for improvements and share lessons learned. These efforts appear to be making an impact, although the potential for duplicative efforts could slow progress. The second Regenerative Medicine InterCHANGE, hosted by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, took place at the Phacilitate Leaders World/World Stem Cell Summit conference in Miami, Florida, on January 24, 2020. Participants from several organizations outlined needs to advance cell and gene therapies. Efforts to address these include standardization, workforce development and advocacy. This article summarizes the major challenges and opportunities discussed during the InterCHANGE.
McNiece, IK; Wacker, KK; Kurtzberg, J; Warkentin, PI
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