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Nat Rev Drug Discov 2010 Jun;9(6):435-45

Voluntary exploratory data submissions to the US FDA and the EMA: experience and impact.

Goodsaid FM, Amur S, Aubrecht J, Burczynski ME, Carl K, Catalano J, Charlab R, Close S, Cornu-Artis C, Essioux L, Fornace AJ Jr, Hinman L, Hong H, Hunt I, Jacobson-Kram D, Jawaid A, Laurie D, Lesko L, Li HH, Lindpaintner K, Mayne J, Morrow P, Papaluca-Amati M, Robison TW, Roth J, Schuppe-Koistinen I, Shi L, Spleiss O, Tong W, Truter SL, Vonderscher J, Westelinck A, Zhang L, Zineh I


Heterogeneity in the underlying mechanisms of disease processes and inter-patient variability in drug responses are major challenges in drug development. To address these challenges, biomarker strategies based on a range of platforms, such as microarray gene-expression technologies, are increasingly being applied to elucidate these sources of variability and thereby potentially increase drug development success rates. With the aim of enhancing understanding of the regulatory significance of such biomarker data by regulators and sponsors, the US Food and Drug Administration initiated a programme in 2004 to allow sponsors to submit exploratory genomic data voluntarily, without immediate regulatory impact. In this article, a selection of case studies from the first 5 years of this programme - which is now known as the voluntary exploratory data submission programme, and also involves collaboration with the European Medicines Agency - are discussed, and general lessons are highlighted.

Category: Editorial, Journal Article
PubMed ID: #20514070 DOI: 10.1038/nrd3116
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics, Drugs, Toxicological Research
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29