US FDA’s Overloaded Advanced Therapies Office Eyes Organizational, Communication Changes
Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies seeks to optimize its organizational structure and adopt more group-level communications, instead of one-on-one interactions with sponsors, to keep up with the massive growth in cell and gene therapies, director Wilson Bryan says.
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