Webinar: Focus on the Eye

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Webinar: Focus on the Eye

Presentations from FDA and Leading Experts

May 2, 2012

The Webinar was held on May 2, 2012

Slides for each presenter are also available by clicking on the links below.

Moderator: Ellen Feigal, MD, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, CIRM


  • Samuel Barone, MD, [download slides] Medical Officer, Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies (OCTGT), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Gary Rabin, Chairman and CEO, Matthew Vincent, Ph.D., [download slides] Director of Business Development, and Edmund Mickunas, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT)
  • Mark Humayun, MD, Ph.D., [download slides] Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) as well as the associate director of research at the Doheny Retina Institute at USC

Topics to be covered:

  • Presentation by FDA – overview of FDA regulations for Cellular and Gene Therapies for Retinal Disorders including combination products
  • Examples of issues and challenges of taking an ophthalmic product through to an Investigational New Drug (IND) application
  • Points to consider in clinical trial design for retinal disorders – immune monitoring and selecting appropriate endpoints
  • Questions and Answers A written set of the questions and answers is posted here [pdf]

Background material:


Date Published: March 30, 2012
Last Modified: March 16, 2015