Based on data from the phase II JULIET study, tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) has received FDA approval for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma—including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), high-grade B-cell lymphoma, and DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma—after 2 or more lines of systemic therapy.
Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a Breakthrough Device designation (formerly Expedited Access Pathway program) for its new liquid biopsy assay, which is an expanded version of its FoundationACT® assay. The new assay will include more than 70 genes and genomic biomarkers for microsatellite instability (MSI) and blood tumor mutational burden (bTMB). If approved, this test could be the first FDA-approved liquid biopsy assay to incorporate multiple companion diagnostics (CDx) and multiple biomarkers to inform the use of targeted oncology therapies, including immunotherapies.
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) and Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol ‘FF/UMEC/VI’), which means this medicine can now be used by US physicians to treat a broader population of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with airflow limitation or who have experienced an acute worsening of respiratory symptoms.
In clinical studies, more than half of patients receiving risankizumab achieved complete skin clearance (PASI 100) at one year (52 weeks) (1) The Biologics License Application is supported by four Phase 3 studies of more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (1-3) Risankizumab is an investigational compound designed to selectively inhibit IL-23 by binding to its p19 subunit and is being evaluated for the potential to deliver long-term skin clearance for psoriasis patients with 12-week dosing (4)
Yesterday morning, the FDA published its 17-page first draft of a working model for its pre-certification program for software as a medical device (SaMD). Though still preliminary (the agency is asking for comments by the end of May), the publication comes with some long-awaited details about how the program might work.
IDx, a privately held AI diagnostics company, announced today that it has filed its De Novo submission to the FDA for IDx-DR, an AI-based system for the autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy — a leading cause of blindness. The FDA has granted IDx-DR with a “Breakthrough Device” designation, which means the submission will receive expedited review.
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