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Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (formerly the Biological Response Modifiers Advisory Committee); Notice of Meeting

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

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This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

Name of Committee: Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (formerly the Biological Response Modifiers Advisory Committee).

General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

Date and Time: The meeting will be held on March 3, 2005, from 8 a.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m. and on March 4, 2005, from 8 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.

Location: Quality Suites, 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD.

Contact Person: Gail Dapolito or Rosanna L. Harvey, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-71), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-827-0314, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512389. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting.

Agenda: On March 3 and 4, 2005, the Committee will discuss cellular therapies for repair and regeneration of joint surfaces. The Committee will also receive the following updates: (1) On March 3, 2005, in the afternoon, updates of research programs in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; (2) on March 4, 2005, in the morning, update on the FDA Critical Path Initiative.

Procedure: On March 3, 2005, from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. and on March 4, 2005, from 8 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m., the meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person by February 23, 2005. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled on March 3, 2005, between approximately 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and on March 4, 2005, between approximately 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person before February 23, 2005, and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation.

Closed Committee Deliberations: On March 3, 2005, from approximately 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). The Committee will discuss research programs in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Gail Dapolito at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

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Dated: January 19, 2005.

Sheila Dearybury Walcoff,

Associate Commissioner for External Relations.

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[FR Doc. 05-1473 Filed 1-26-05; 8:45 am]

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