Wednesday, June 26 • 8:00am - 9:15am
#309: Neoantigen-Based Cancer Therapies: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities

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Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-650-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Neoantigen-based cancer therapy is an approach based on the specific genetic information unique to individual tumor(s) of an individual patient. Such information can be utilized in many ways for cancer treatment, e.g., to generate antigens for vaccination or specific T-cells. Results from earlier clinical trials have shown that this approach is feasible, able to elicit the intended immune response, and in some cases generating anti-tumor activities that may mediate the tumor regression. However, this approach has many scientific and regulatory challenges, for example, optimal ways / algorithms in identifying and selecting neoantigens, and regulatory framework for regulating such products given that drug product and indications are not explicitly defined. This session is intended to address these challenges and discuss the opportunities for the neoantigen-based cancer therapies.

Learning Objectives

Describe the concepts of cancer immunoediting and neoantigen;Discuss the recent advances in neoantigen-based novel cancer therapy, e.g., vaccine and cell-based therapies;Discuss scientific and regulatory challenges, focusing on pre-clinical studies and early clinical trials; Identify opportunities in facilitating and accelerating the development.


Peter F. Bross, MD


CMC Considerations: Regulatory Perspective
Elena Gubina, PhD

CMC Considerations: Industry Perspective
Karin Jooss, DrSc

Clinical Consideration for Early-Phase Trials: Academic Perspective
Aaron M. Miller, MD, PhD

Clinical Consideration for Early-Phase Trials: Regulatory Perspective
Peter F. Bross, MD

Alyssa K. Galaro, PhD

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Alyssa Galaro

Biomedical Engineer, DCEPT, OTAT, CBER, FDA
Dr. Galaro joined the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies in 2018 as a Pharmacology and Toxicology Reviewer. Prior to joining CBER, she completed her PhD in biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where her research focused on engineering nanoparticle-based... Read More →

Peter Bross

Medical Team Leader, OTAT, CBER, FDA
Peter Bross is a clinical oncology team leader in the FDA Center for Biological Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Tissue and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) and previously worked as a clinical reviewer in the Division of Oncology Drug Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and... Read More →
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Elena Gubina

Expert Biologist, OTAT, CDER, FDA

Karin Jooss

Executive Vice President of Oncology and Chief Scientific Officer, Gritstone Oncology
Dr. Karin Jooss serves as executive vice president of research, chief scientific officer at Gritstone and interim head of manufacturing. She joined Gritstone from Pfizer, where she was head of cancer immuno-therapeutics, was a member of the vaccine immuno-therapeutics leadership team... Read More →

Aaron Miller

Medical Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego
Dr. Miller is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal cancers. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, where he instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He holds... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Room 2 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
  • Level Intermediate
  • Featured Topics Regulator Thinking,Advanced Therapies
  • Credit Type ACPE, CME, IACET, RN
  • Tags Session