FDA Perspectives on Characterization and Comparability of Cellular Therapy Products

by Kimberly Benton, PhD
Volume 2, Issue 1 (January/February 2003)

As product development proceeds in the field of cellular therapies, adequate product characterization remains a challenge for both IND Sponsors and FDA/CBER. Cellular therapy products are not considered to be well-defined products, and therefore the control and characterization of each stage of the production process helps to ensure product safety and consistency. Product characterization of cellular products includes demonstration of safety, plus determination of identity, purity, potency, and product stability. Development of appropriate specifications for each of these parameters is necessary for lot release, and also provides an important database of knowledge for addressing regulatory issues, such as lot-to-lot consistency and potential issues with product comparability, should the manufacturing process, or other aspects of product development, change over time...

Citation:
Benton K. FDA Perspectives on Characterization and Comparability of Cellular Therapy Products. BioProcess J, 2003; 2(1): 44-47.