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The National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration Joint Leadership Council: Stakeholders Meeting; Request for Comments

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to solicit comments from interested persons on how the agencies can more effectively collaborate to advance the translation of biomedical research discoveries into approved diagnostics and therapies as well as promote science to enhance the evaluation tools used for regulatory review. A newly formed NIH-FDA Joint Leadership Council will help ensure that regulatory considerations form an increasing component of biomedical research planning, and that the latest science is integrated into the regulatory review process.

DATES:

The public meeting will be held on June 2, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Persons interested in attending the meeting must register by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t. (see section III of this document). Submit written or electronic comments by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t.

ADDRESSES:

The public meeting will be held at FDA, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 1503C, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets at the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rakesh Raghuwanshi, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4283, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4769, FAX: 301-847-8617, e-mail: rakesh.raghuwanshi@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

With the dramatic breakthroughs occurring in biomedical research discovery, new public health challenges on the rise, an ever-changing economic landscape resulting from globalization, and the prospect for fundamental changes to healthcare delivery in the United States, there is a pressing need for greater collaboration between FDA and NIH. Both NIH and FDA have the goals of translating science discoveries into medical products and therapies, and both NIH and FDA have important roles and contributions to make towards these efforts. To address these important areas of common interest, NIH and FDA announced a new partnership effort that includes, among other initiatives, the regulatory science program and the NIH-FDA Joint Leadership Council.

The NIH-FDA Joint Leadership Council provides a forum for the leadership of both agencies to: (1) Work together on strategic planning at a high level; (2) stimulate an enhanced culture of collaboration between the agencies at all levels; and (3) further coordinate and target efforts to promote promising new therapies using the latest technological advances, such as stem cell biology, biomarkers, and computational sciences. NIH and FDA plan to work jointly to address the gap between biomedical research discoveries and new medical products. They can create new programs to support development of innovative therapies and promote personalized medicine, utilizing new clinical trial design strategies and regulatory review processes incorporating the use of genetic or other biomarkers and information technologies. These activities will also support postmarketing and/or other population-based surveys for safety assessments. Overall, there are many new avenues for NIH and FDA to explore such that we can deliver safer and more effective treatments faster.

II. Scope of the Meeting

FDA and NIH are interested in receiving comments from the public on the regulatory considerations that should be an integral part of the biomedical research program development and scientific tools or approaches that would enhance the ability to evaluate new medical products. The comments should focus on ways in which NIH and FDA can partner to promote interdisciplinary biomedical research through scientific exchange and new programs designed to advance innovation and development of new therapies incorporating many of the latest basic research discoveries. Suggestions about the ways FDA and NIH can work together to promote an integrated biomedical research agenda including regulatory review approaches and/or processes on areas of common interest and mission are being sought. Some areas for which we are specifically interested in input are the following:

1. What steps should be taken to enhance the translation of biomedical research discoveries into new and approved preventatives, diagnostics, therapies, or devices for clinical use?

2. What are the priority scientific issues that currently need to be addressed (e.g., clinical trial design, endpoint selection and qualification, bioinformatics needs) in order to inform regulatory assessments and analyses of new products?

3. How could we enhance the exchange of scientific information across all sectors in order to better identify and prioritize scientific areas for emphasis in regulatory research?

4. What mechanisms for the support of regulatory science research would be most effective and efficient in addressing pressing priority areas in the translational pipeline?

III. Registration To Attend and/or To Participate in the Meeting

If you wish to attend the public meeting, you must register by e-mailing Rakesh Raghuwanshi Start Printed Page 25870(rakesh.raghuwanshi@fda.hhs.gov) by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t. When registering, you must provide the following information: (1) Your name, (2) title, (3) company or organization (if applicable), (4) mailing address, (5) telephone number, and (6) e-mail address. If you wish to make a presentation, when you register, indicate the specific topic or issue to be addressed in your presentation. We will do our best to accommodate all persons who wish to make a presentation at the meeting. FDA and NIH encourage persons and groups having similar interests to consolidate their information for presentation through a single representative. After reviewing the requests to present, we will contact each participant prior to the meeting with the amount of time available and the approximate time the participant's presentation is scheduled to begin. Presenters must then send the final electronic copies of their presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, or Adobe Portable Document to Format (PDF) to Rakesh Raghuwanshi (rakesh.raghuwanshi@fda.hhs.gov) by Monday, May 31, 2010, at 12 noon e.s.t.

There is no fee to register for the public meeting and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on the day of the public meeting will be permitted on a space available basis beginning at 8 a.m.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please inform the meeting contact (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t.

IV. Request for Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

V. Transcripts

Transcripts of the meeting will be available for review approximately 30 days after the meeting at http://www.regulations.gov and at the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). A transcript will also be available in either hardcopy or on CD-ROM, after submission of a Freedom of Information request. Written requests are to be sent to Division of Freedom of Information (HFI-35), Office of Management Programs, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 6-30, Rockville, MD 20857.

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Dated: May 5, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2010-11008 Filed 5-7-10; 8:45 am]

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