Cell and Gene Therapies: Risk Management Processes


The Cell and Gene Therapies industry is growing at a tremendous speed, building both on innovative solutions and a solid investment by life science companies who wish to diversify their market offer.

The results have been impressive and Patients who had exhausted treatment options are getting exciting new opportunities.

To support the development of new products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a set of recommendations based on:

  • SISPQ (safety, identity, strength, purity, and quality);
  • Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs);
  • Application of risk management processes.


Implementing Quality by Design


You should leverage a risk-based approach for every aspect of a product, throughout its lifecycle. And Cell & Gene Therapy products are not an exception.

We recommend that you implement a Quality by Design (QbD) strategy based on large data-collection to support risk-based decisions.

Why? Because we believe it’s the approach best positioned to mitigate any significant risk posed by complex manufacturing processes. As a result, you will follow the ICH Q9 principles while ensuring the level of effort and documentation adequate to the level of risk.


Setting up the Quality Target Product Profile


The Quality Target Product Profile contains a list of predefined quality characteristics. You evaluate these different attributes through both risk assessment and considering their potential impact on product safety and efficacy.

Among these attributes, we find Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs), Critical Material Attributes (CMAs) and Critical Process Parameters (CPPs).

You can then use a risk-based analysis as well as Design of Experiment Studies to help you understand the impact of CMAs and CPPs in the CQAs.


Our Recommendations


The development of cell and gene therapies calls for a standard application of risk management principles. These principles, aligned with the current guidelines for product development, provide a strong reference that supports all the decisions made, with a solid science-based rationale.

ValGenesis’s expertise in pharmaceutical risk management is consistently clear about one thing. A strong risk and knowledge management culture is key for a successful product development.

We recommend that you should have a platform where all the information is centralized, shared and used as a foundation for new developments.

In our work, we deliver ValGenesis iRisk to our clients, a Risk Management Platform for the Life Sciences industry. ValGenesis iRisk allows you to identify, quantify and prioritize risks, enabling the formulation of the risk mitigation strategy throughout the processes and products lifecycle.

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The opinions, information and conclusions contained within this blog should not be construed as conclusive fact, ValGenesis offering advice, nor as an indication of future results.