Dermatology

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The State of Cell Therapies in Dermatology

Skin contains essential stem cell populations and other cell types that are critical for renewing and maintaining its structural integrity and function.1 Of the many types of skin stem cells that have been identified, epidermal stem cells — primarily keratinocyte stem cells — are recognized to play the key role in tissue repair and skin...

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The State of Gene Therapy in Dermatology

When it comes to dermatologic conditions, gene therapy is still in its very early stages. However, we are seeing promising potential solutions for some rare genetic dermatology diseases, as well as ongoing research in more common skin conditions. The success of gene-based therapies relies on three critical elements:1 A well-defined disease geneA therapeutic geneAn efficient...

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Gene Therapy in Dermatology: Transfer Techniques and Delivery Systems

Gene therapy holds the potential of long-term efficacy or even a cure for diseases with an underlying genetic basis, offering hope to patients with currently incurable diseases. The use of gene therapy for dermatologic conditions is attractive for many reasons:1 As the largest organ of the human body, skin is easily accessible for gene deliveryThe...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Transdermal Product Development

Transdermal and topical delivery systems (TDS) are important dosage forms that allow delivery of a drug to local tissue or provide systemic delivery through the skin. These drug products provide a number of advantages for patients, but can be challenging to develop. In November 2019, the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled Transdermal and Topical...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Establishing Risk-Based Monitoring within a Quality-Based System as ‘Best Practice’ for Clinical Studies

Risk-Based Monitoring (RBM) makes an impact. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that clinical trial sponsors “provide oversight to ensure adequate protection of the rights, welfare, and safety of human subjects and the quality of the data submitted to FDA.” [US FDA 2019] This has traditionally been accomplished through onsite monitoring visits and...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Risk-Based Quality Management (RBQM) – A Collaborative Approach to Holistic Clinical Trial Oversight

Developing, executing, and overseeing clinical trials is a complex process. Gaining reliable evidence from clinical trials is essential for appropriate decision-making activities regarding trial participants’ safety and the reliability of trial results.  As clinical trials have become more complex, the clinical trial process has faced significant operational challenges. As a result, sponsors must identify proactive...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Insight 270: A Rosacea Trial Failed Many Enrollment Hurdles.

Two large, parallel trials with 107 sites spread across the United States. Heavy competition for patients because of multiple competing treatments already on the market. And an advertising strategy that needed to attract more than 1,400 subjects fast enough to meet the sponsor’s aggressive schedule. Those were just some of the challenges we faced when...

Medical Device and Dermatology Experts Presenting at MAGI East Conference

DURHAM, N.C., May 3, 2019 — Two of our top experts, Joanne Emmett, Vice President of Clinical Development Services for Medical Device and Diagnostics, and Jasmina Jankicevic, MD, MSc, CCRP, Dermatologist, Executive Director, Medical Affairs, will participate in three sessions at the MAGI 2019 East Clinical Research Conference in Boston. Emmett, head of medical devices,...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Understanding Recent Updates to the Classification of Rosacea

Since 2002, doctors and researchers have used a standard rosacea classification system to provide consistent terminology as well as to facilitate studies, clinical diagnosis, and treatment. However, in 2018, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published a new standard classification system that replaces the previous one[1]. Below is some of the most important...

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Current Rosacea Treatment Algorithms: Guide to Subtypes and Existing Therapies

Rosacea is a common condition occurring on the convexities of the face and affecting middle-aged persons. It may be caused or worsened by a variety of different factors, including genetics; problems with the blood vessels in the face, the nervous system, and/or the immune system; the presence of Demodex mites; and environmental factors. It is...