8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Rise + Shine Morning Breakfast
Day Two promises more insights and inspiration. After another mindfulness meditation and more stretching/dancing to get the blood pumping, we’ll engage in a creative interactive session where you’ll be challenged to provide new ideas and solutions to move our industry forward. We’ll crowd source the biggest problems/issues we’re facing and then encourage groups to brainstorm a fearless plans of attack. The bolder the better.
Nikhil Paul, Founder/Crowd Engagement Expert, We R Human
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
ORA Keynote Address
Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Operations
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), CDER, FDA
CDER Keynote Address
Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD
Deputy Director for Operations, CDER, FDA
The USP of Today
Ronald Piervincenzi, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, United States Pharmacopeial Convention
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Ideas + Connections Networking Luncheon
This welcome midday break focuses on energizing the mind and body as well as delivering useful networking strategies. We’ll begin with full-body stretches and some light dancing, leading into cooperative conversations concentrating on reviewing your colleagues’ ideas and helping connect them to others at the conference who might be able to help.
Nikhil Paul, Founder/Crowd Engagement Expert, We R Human
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Federal Focus on Biosimilars: Policy and Politics
The U.S. government wields a great deal of clout when it comes to driving the drug pricing conversation. Officials often use biosimilars as a talking point on lowering prescription drug costs; however, their policies aren’t backing up what they’re telling America’s patients. Hear from a broad stakeholder group on how the executive and legislative branches can incentivize the use of biosimilars and increase adoption.
The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) was designed to accelerate approval of biosimilars medicines and provide more treatment options, increase access to lifesaving medications and lower health care costs for U.S. patients. Unfortunately, the U.S. government isn’t following up and doing all it can to promote and bolster biosimilars.
Hear from a broad stakeholder group on how the executive and legislative branches can incentivize the use of biosimilars and increase adoption.
Molly Burich, MS
Director, Public Policy: Biosimilars and Reimbursement, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Executive Affairs, US Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.
Drug/Device Combination Products, Challenges and Opportunities
By definition, combination products are considered complex drugs. The dynamics of the review, as well as the information that must be included to support these applications, make them even more complicated and challenging. This session addresses how OGD, OPQ and CDRH work together to coordinate the review process and the challenges they face. In addition, we’ll review some of the key agency findings during the review process and how to better anticipate problems and concerns.
Controlled Correspondence: The Evolution and Opportunity
The Controlled Correspondence process has evolved over the years with the submission process becoming more structured and efficient, resulting in shorter turnaround times and improved predictability of response timing. However, in many aspects the process is more complex than ever and has created new challenges to obtaining necessary feedback.
This session brings together industry and FDA representatives to cover the spectrum of sponsor experiences with Controlled Correspondences and address common mistakes and issues and how they can be avoided.
Moderator: Charlie DiLiberti
President, Montclair Bioequivalence Services LLC
Rosario LoBrutto, PhD
Head of Scientific Affairs, Sandoz, Inc. (A Novartis Division)
Robert Pollock, RPh, MS
Senior Advisor, Outside Director to the Board, Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.
Xiaohui (Jeff) Jiang, PhD (Invited)
Deputy Director, Division of Therapeutic Performance, Office of Research and Standards, OGD, FDA
Paramjeet Kaur, PhD (Invited)
Bioequivalence Reviewer, Office of Bioequivalence II, Office of Bioequivalence, OGD, FDA
Panelist: Hee Sun Chung, PhD (Invited)
Lead Pharmacologist, Office of Bioequivalence I, Office of Bioequivalence, OGD, FDA
Rebalancing U.S. Trade Policy
This panel will explore how our industry can develop a compelling narrative and advocacy efforts to rebalance U.S. trade policy in support of greater access to generic and biosimilar medicines.
Our country’s trade policy has too often put the interests of pharmaceutical monopoly owners over the needs of the larger U.S. health care sector. Current trade policy has tilted the playing field toward brand name, patent-based pharmaceuticals. In new bilateral or multilateral trade agreements, generic and biosimilars medicines are taking a backseat to the interests of big brands. Look at free trade agreements – they’re prioritizing exclusivity periods for biologics and new chemical entities and unbalanced patent linkage systems. The result? Diminished markets for U.S. generic companies. This panel will explore how our industry can develop a compelling narrative and advocacy efforts to rebalance U.S. trade policy in support of greater access to generic and biosimilar medicines.
Moderator: Jonathan Kimball
Vice President, Trade & International Affairs, AAM
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, I-MAK
Timothy Keeler, JD
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Clark Packard, Esq
Trade Policy Counsel, R Street
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Biosimilar Product Development (BPD) Program: Experiences and Expectations
Here’s your opportunity to take an inside look at the FDA’s biosimilar regulatory approval process. This comprehensive program was designed to encourage biosimilar competition by developing policies to increase product options, provide more access and deliver more safe, effective and lower-cost biosimilar alternatives to patients. We’re bringing together FDA officials and industry experts for an in-depth discussion on real-world experiences with the BPD program and ways to more successfully navigate the approval process.
Welcome to an inside look at the FDA’s biosimilar regulatory approval process. This comprehensive program was designed to encourage biosimilar competition by developing policies to increase product options, provide more access and deliver more safe, effective and lower-cost biosimilar alternatives to patients. We’re bringing together FDA officials and industry experts for an in-depth discussion on real-world experiences with the BPD program and ways to more successfully navigate the approval process.
- Data and study requirements necessary to prove a proposed product is “biosimilar” to a particular reference product
- Unexpected observations and obstacles encountered during BPD programs and how they were addressed
- Steps companies have taken to create a global dossier
- Development of new types of biosimilars (e.g. super-orphan biosimilars, ophthalmic biosimilars)
- Final interchangeability guidance and FDA regulatory expectations
- Implications of the transition of certain therapeutic protein products from the 505 approval pathway to the 351 approval pathway
US Head Biopharmaceuticals Regulatory Affairs, Sandoz, Inc., a Novartis Division
Steven Kozlowski, M.D. (Invited)
Director, Office of Biotechnology Products, OPQ, CDER, FDA
Peter Stein, M.D. (Invited)
Director, Office of New Drugs (OND), CDER, FDA
What’s Up with FDA’s Integrated Facility Evaluation Processes?
The quality and safety of drugs is of utmost importance; however, some of the changes FDA has made in its integrated facility evaluation processes have caused confusion with manufacturers. This informative session will provide plenty of answers as our panel delves into key topics related to drug inspections and FDA’s integrated approach to facility evaluations. In addition, we will wade further into common inspectional issues including data integrity, investigations, CAPAs, quality agreements and aseptic processing.
Labeling Best Practice and Strategies for Reviews
Label development, maintenance and compliance are integral parts of the regulatory pre- and post-approval process. Understanding how FDA manages label review under GDUFA II can increase your odds of approval. Additionally, maintenance against RLD updates and compliance are very important in the post approval environment. This session sheds light on the FDA system for managing label review and provides effective strategies to prevent common errors.
The Changing Landscape of Patents and Hatch-Waxman
Destructive abuses of the system governing generic and biosimilar medicines are keeping affordable medicines from patients longer. This session is a can’t-miss opportunity for members of the biosimilars and generic manufacturing community to discuss the opportunities and challenges brought by changes to current legislation.
Ali Ahmed, JD
Senior Vice President, Biosimilars, Fresenius Kabi USA
Karin Hessler, JD
Assistant General Counsel, AAM
William Jay, JD
Partner, Co-chair of Goodwin’s Appellate Litigation Practice, Goodwin Procter LLP
Teresa Rea, JD
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
An interactive knowledge sharing session that brings together multiple levels of scientific disciplines from diverse sectors, industry, academia and agency. The expo is geared toward facilitating one-on-one interaction among these sectors to increase understanding on a scientific level.
- Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) – What’s Working Well?
- Office of Regulatory Operations (ORO)/ Division of Project Management (DPM)
- Office of Regulatory Operations (ORO)/ Division of Labeling Review (DLR)
- Office of Research and Standards (ORS)
- Office of Bioequivalence (OB)
- Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ)
- Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
- Office of Management (OM)
- Office of Business Informatics (OBI)
- Drug Shortage
An interactive knowledge sharing session that brings together multiple levels of scientific disciplines from diverse sectors, industry, academia, and agency. The expo is geared toward facilitation one-on-one interaction among these sectors to increase understanding on a scientific level.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Biosimilars Council Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dinner & Entertainment
Delicious Dinner + Suspenseful Speakeasy
The Roaring Twenties – it was a time of lively flappers, notorious gangsters and secret speakeasies. Join us as we turn back the clock for an entertaining evening at The Bees Knees, a speakeasy where GRx+Biosims event attendees can get away from the clutches of prohibition for a few hours. It’s all fun and games until a patron runs into foul play. You and your dining companions will be called on to help solve the mystery and identify the culprit… if you can.
- Generic Industry Outlook GDUFA III
- Acquisitions/Mergers - Now What Do We Do
- USP in Supply Chain
- Drug/Device Combination Products, Challenges and Opportunities
- Navigating the Q1/Q2 Letter Quagmire – Industry & FDA Experiences, and How Both Could Improve the Q1/Q2 Controlled Correspondence Process
- What’s Up with FDA’s Integrated Facility Evaluation Processes?
- Conducting Foreign Bioequivalence Studies Now and in the Future – an “Eyes Wide Open” Assessment of Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Post Approval
- Developing Complex Generic Products, How to Ensure Success!
- Emerging Tech
- Commercializing Biosimilars: Discussion with Biosimilars Industry Leaders
- Biosimilars Action Plan Scorecard: Is FDA Helping Adoption?
- The Importance of Global Regulatory Harmonization for Biosimilars
- Payer Strategies to Drive Biosimilars Access & Savings
- Federal Focus on Biosimilars: A Lot of Bark and No Bite
- Biosimilar Product Development (BPD) Program: Experiences and Expectations
- Progress and Challenges of BsUFA II
- Biosimilars Education Evolution: Changing Perspectives in the Face of Increasing Costs
- Emerging State Legal Issues
- The Changing Landscape of Patents and Hatch-Waxman
- Biosimilars at the Bar
- Rebalancing U.S. Trade Policy
Our science and regulatory affairs tracks will give you the insights you need to better navigate the regulatory landscape, and increase your understanding of how our industry can better manage the GDUFA II framework. Plus, be a part of in-depth discussions among diverse stakeholders - industry, academia and the FDA.
Take a deep dive into the policy and regulatory challenges facing the nascent biosimilars market in the United States. We will discuss the significant role biosimilars have played in increasing patient access to life-altering medicines and ensuring health system viability globally. Additionally, we will highlight the importance of stakeholder education as a crucial market river for these innovative medicines.
AAM will also be providing attendees with the opportunity for CEUs and CLE accreditations through our interactive general and breakout sessions. You’ll leave the conference with insightful up-to-date information and get your hours accredited based on your participation.
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