Category Archives: Rare Disease

In March 2019, the FDA released draft guidance on the design and implementation of natural history studies to support the development of safe and effective treatments for rare diseases. The document, Rare Diseases: Natural History Studies for Drug Development,[1] addresses one of the major challenges sponsors encounter when developing therapies for rare disease: the lackRead more

DURHAM, N.C., March 25, 2019 — Premier Research’s head of patient engagement will discuss a patient-centered look at drug development at the World Orphan Drug Congress (WODC) USA in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Juliet Moritz, Premier Research’s newly appointed vice president of patient and stakeholder engagement (PASE), will present From the End to the Beginning: A Patient-CentricRead more

Decades of painstaking research have recently begun to yield gene therapy products that are delivering meaningful benefits to human health. The approvals of voretigene neparvovec-rzyl (Luxturna) for inherited vision loss, tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) for lymphoblastic leukemia, and axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) for lymphoma have ushered in a new era of therapeutics. With the rapid evolution of theRead more

DURHAM, N.C., February 28, 2019 — As part of its commitment to supporting the patient advocacy community and as a kickoff to Rare Disease Day on February 28 and March as Rare Disease Month at the company, Premier Research is announcing both a new scholarship for rare disease patient advocates in partnership with Professional PatientRead more

Over the last two decades, biologics have improved the management of patients with psoriasis and advanced melanoma, many of whom either did not respond to traditional treatments or experienced severe side effects from them. With their success in deadly forms of melanoma and more common chronic inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis, drug developers are now targeting rarerRead more

In 1976, pop culture icon John Travolta starred in the made-for-television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble about a young man with a compromised immune system. The premise of the film is that Travolta’s character has to decide between living in isolation behind a protective bubble or dying engaged with the physical world. HollywoodRead more

The FDA has released a new draft guidance for sponsors of drug and biological products for the treatment of rare diseases in early development and in the planning of and participation in formal pre-investigational new drug application (pre-IND) meetings. Read the full guidance here or click the image to download.

 Clinical research certainly has evolved over the past three decades. There are more trials crossing a broader spectrum of indications, and advances in study design and execution have dramatically changed the way drugs and medical devices are evaluated and sold. But perhaps no change has been more significant than the growth in engagement onRead more

 Patient registries and natural history studies are vital tools for orphan drug researchers, who often struggle with limited understanding of diseases and sparse data due to small patient numbers. In the second installment of the Premier Voices podcast with Angi Robinson, Vice President, Clinical Development Services, Rare Disease & Pediatrics, and Juliet Moritz, ViceRead more

The inaugural edition of Premier Voices focuses on rare oncology drug development and takes a looks at: * Using adaptive design to limit patient exposure to ineffective treatments and increase the overall likelihood of success * Making the most of small and geographically dispersed patient populations * Dealing with limitations such as a lack of definedRead more

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