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Cell and Gene Therapies Account for a Large Portion of the Therapeutics Market

Posted by BioAgilytix / / Gene Therapy, Industry Update

Cell and gene therapies have gone through a growth spurt in the last decade. According to data from the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), during the first three quarters of 2020, regenerative medicine research and development broke records at nearly $16 billion in global financing. From the treatment of knee injuries to osteoarthritis, certain cancers and even muscular dystrophy, advances in gene and cell therapies have definitely caught the attention of medical professionals, and for good reason. Cell and Gene Therapies Account for a Large Portion of Therapeutic Market Share…

BioAgilytix Team Q&A: Meet Chris Carlin

Posted by BioAgilytix / / BioAgilytix Insight, CRO Selection

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to join BioAgilytix. My first wet lab experience was gained during my undergrad studies at Bowdoin College in southern Maine. I majored in biology and completed an honors thesis through an exploratory study of an uncharacterized genetic locus in a pathogenic yeast. Thereafter, I moved to Boston and worked for three years at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, where I analyzed expression profiles of proteases in the blood cells of HIV+ patients. I then transitioned into…

BioAgilytix Team Q&A: Meet Reema Davis

Posted by BioAgilytix / / BioAgilytix Insight, CRO Selection

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to join BioAgilytix. I did my doctoral and postdoctoral training in Cell Biology. My fascination with blood and lymphatic vessels led me to research their genetic make-up and related diseases, in hopes to find potential drug targets. During my research I trained extensively in cell-based work including but not limited to gene expression studies, intracellular signaling, cellular staining, transduction, all of which helped me build a strong foundation of transferable skills. I interviewed at BioAgilytix through Hannah Powell’s referral…

BioAgilytix Team Q&A: Meet Nikhil Soni

Posted by BioAgilytix / / BioAgilytix Insight, CRO Selection

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to join BioAgilytix. Some of my friends at my previous job joined BAL and told me about how much they liked it here. What is your current role, and how has it evolved since joining the team? Scientist III/BPM. Since joining the team I’ve had 4 analysts and scientists added under me. Along with that I’ve been given the responsibility of managing all aspects of multiple large studies. This has given me a lot of experience in both project…

New Opportunities for Women in Science and Technology

Dominic Marasco
Posted by Dominic Marasco / / Uncategorized

In the last decade, women have made significant strides in their professional lives and scholarly pursuits. Even the political world has seen a boom in women running for public office. With all of these glass ceilings being shattered and hierarchical norms being reimagined, there is one industry that could use a boost. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sector is seeing an increase in the number of women entering these industries, but there is always room for more.According to The American Association of University Women (AAUW), women only make…

CMC Requirements for Cell and Gene Therapy for IND Applications

Posted by BioAgilytix / / Regulatory Considerations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) recommendations for Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for human investigational gene therapies. The focus of the guidance is on SISPQ (safety, identity, strength, purity and quality), critical quality attributes (CQAs) and risk assessment. These apply to new cell/gene therapy products that have been developed in recent years. The FDA’s requirements, updated in January 2020, cover critical factors such as: Specification/characterization of manufacturing materials Filing and submission practices (i.e. eCTD or not) Manufacturing processes/procedures Product testing considerations…

FDA RACE for Children Act: What You Should Know

Posted by BioAgilytix / / Industry Update

Short for Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity, the RACE Act went into effect on August 18, 2020, and significantly increased the number of required studies devoted to pediatric cancer research, drugs, and therapies. Originally enacted in August 2017, as a part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act (FDARA), the RACE Act is an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) which was created to extend user-fee programs for drugs, medical devices, and biosimilars, as well as other biological products. Key Factors of the…

The Benefits of Outsourcing R&D Processes to CROs

Posted by BioAgilytix / / CRO Selection

As a leading contract research organization (CRO), BioAgilytix helps companies around the world with research and development, leveraging expertise in cell-based assays, immunogenicity, biomarkers and pharmacokinetics. We perform assay development and validation as well as sample analysis, lot release testing and ongoing data surveillance after drug products are introduced to market. Committed to helping reduce drug development timelines and costs, we are not alone in this growing industry. In fact, our work represents the larger-scale trend of pharma companies outsourcing R&D to CROs specializing in state-of-the-art technologies and expertise. The…

Noninvasive Liquid Biopsy Assays Integrating Tumor and Immune Biomarkers Prove to Be Promising Tools in Immuno-Oncology

Posted by BioAgilytix / / Immuno-oncology

Tumor tissue biopsies have been the traditional method of identifying and analyzing cancer cells. But in addition to being invasive and risky, they have many limitations. Tumor accessibility is often problematic as are issues with monitoring the progression of disease. Tissue samples from a single location don’t always provide a full picture of a tumor’s genetic heterogeneity, limiting accuracy. The more data oncologists have about a patient’s cancer, including genetic information, the more precisely it can be diagnosed, treated, and monitored. Immunotherapy has quickly evolved as a promising treatment modality…

The Benefits of Hiring the Right CRO

Posted by BioAgilytix / / Industry Update

Short for Contract Research Organization, a CRO is a company that provides clinical research support to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical industries on a contract basis. Contract Research Organizations are hired to offer research support and conduct clinical trials to safely and efficiently bring life-saving drugs and vaccines to market. Lasting partnerships between CROs and pharmaceutical companies are vital to the long-term success of ongoing programs and clinical trials. When a CRO fails to meet certain criteria relating to safety protocols or deadlines it can leave some companies questioning whether…