Tag: Rare Disease

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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...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Premier Insight 272: Delivering the Global Expertise Required to Coordinate a Pediatric Gene Therapy Trial

With their potential for long-term or even curative efficacy, gene therapies are of great interest to researchers, clinicians, patients and caregivers alike. But coordinating and conducting a global, multi-center gene therapy trial is a complex, high-risk undertaking. Beyond the usual protocols and procedures required to ensure patient safety and data quality, gene therapy studies must...

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BIO International: Discover the Latest in Innovative Rare Disease Trial Design

DURHAM, N.C., June 5, 2019 — Premier Research is sponsoring the Orphan & Rare Disease session track at this year’s BIO International Convention, June 3-6 in Philadelphia. Our own Angi Robinson, vice president for clinical development services in rare diseases and pediatrics, will participate in the panel discussion Rare Finds: Innovative Clinical Trial Design for...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

The FDA’s New Guidance on Natural History Studies in Rare Diseases: What You Need to Know

In March 2019, the FDA released draft guidance on the design and implementation of natural history studies to support the development of safe and effective treatments for rare diseases.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 lack...

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Regulatory Oversight on Gene Therapy in the U.S. and EU

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 the...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

From Psoriasis to Behçet’s: The Evolution of Biologics in Dermatology

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 rarer...

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Ashanthi DeSilva’s Story: A Look Back at the First Gene Therapy Trial

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. Hollywood...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Voices #8: Engaging Patients in Clinical Trials w/ Alan Thomas

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 on the...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Voices #7: Rare Disease Advocacy & International Ataxia Day w/ Alan Thomas (Ataxia & Me)

This episode, we’re proud to share the first part of our conversation with Alan Thomas, patient advocate and founder of Ataxia & Me, ahead of International Ataxia Awareness Day on September 25. Alan talks about his personal journey with ataxia and how he first got started with patient awareness. Follow Alan and Ataxia & Me...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Premier Voices #2: Registry Studies & Natural Histories in Rare Disease Trials w/ Angi Robinson

 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, we...