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The challenges across the life sciences industry are as abundant as the opportunities. From tightening federal regulations and market forces to revolutionary innovations, the headwinds are stiff and shifting but they are navigable. We will be tracking emerging issues and developments on private and public company matters, licensing deals and collaborations, patent and IP matters, FDA and healthcare regulatory compliance, and European and Asian developments for life sciences companies. Sign up to receive postings from Goodwin’s Life Sciences Perspectives blog by clicking here.

 

A Look Ahead in Life Sciences: What We Are Tracking in the Third Quarter of 2024 and Beyond

As the life sciences, medtech, and diagnostic industries continue to expand and grow increasingly complex, so does the legal, regulatory, and compliance landscape. To help companies and investors navigate the many evolving and emerging laws and regulations across pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, and laboratory testing, our Life Sciences Regulatory…

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FDA Issues Overdue Draft Guidance on Clinical Trial Diversity Action Plans

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its long-awaited draft guidance on Diversity Action Plans to Improve Enrollment of Participants from Underrepresented Populations in Clinical Studies. This draft guidance replaces the agency’s similarly-titled April 2022 draft guidance and has been issued to satisfy a requirement under the Food and Drug Omnibus Reform Act…

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Form FDA 483 Response Best Practices Announced by the FDA

In Draft Guidance published this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Guidance for Industry – Processes and Practices Applicable to Bioresearch Monitoring Inspections, the Agency provides some wisdom on best practices for responding to Form FDA 483s, albeit in the context of its Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) program…

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging FDA Final Rule Regulating Laboratory Developed Tests

On May 29, 2024, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final rule concerning the regulatory status of laboratory developed tests (“LDTs”) under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). As detailed in our prior analysis…

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Designating a Platform Technology: FDA’s Long-Awaited Draft Guidance

In newly released Draft Guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) entitled, Platform Technology Designation Program for Drug Development, the FDA addresses its new designation program for platform technologies, which is intended to bring efficiencies to drug development, manufacturing, and review processes for applications that incorporate designated platform technologies. Read the…

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The Appeals Review Panel’s In Re Xencor Decision: The USPTO Provides Its Position on Written Description and Means-Plus-Function Claims

On May 17, 2024, an Appeals Review Panel (ARP) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) released its decision in Ex parte Chamberlain (referred to in Federal Circuit proceedings as In re Xencor; “Chamberlain”). The Chamberlain decision provides some clarity on the USPTO’s position on written description requirements for Jepson and means-plus-function claims in…

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FDA Finalizes Rule and Sets Course to Phase In Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests

On May 6, 2024, following more than a decade of discourse with interested stakeholders on potential approaches to regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule setting forth its framework for oversight of LDTs. The final rule and accompanying policy to phase out…

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2nd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute

Rapid advancement in life sciences technologies has made keeping up with the legal implications more important than ever. Join the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for the 2nd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute, where you will learn from the experts about cutting-edge issues impacting your life sciences practice. The…

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FDA Issues Final Rule on Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests

On April 29, 2024, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). This final ruling amends the FDA’s regulations to make explicit that in vitro diagnostic products (IVDs), including those manufactured by laboratories, are devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic…

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