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FDA embraces a new review process and approves SNM's multi-center IND for FLT
Date:2/2/2009

Reston, Va.SNM today announced FDA approval of an SNM-sponsored centralized multi-center investigational new drug (IND) application for 18F-labeled 3'-deoxy-3'-fluorothymidine (FLT).

The approval of multi-center Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) in the FLT IND represents the successful demonstration of an important FDA IND review process for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging biomarkers. The FDA has agreed to allow multiple sources of FLT to be evaluated, reviewed and accepted for use under a single IND. FDA has also agreed to base the IND review process for acceptance of the various investigational FLT products on the end product specifications.

FLT is an investigational PET imaging biomarker that has apparent promise for demonstration of tumor proliferation. Therapeutics developers who have a desire to utilize FLT as a surrogate marker of effectiveness in the development of novel cancer therapies have been seeking access to a centralized, multi-center IND for FLT in order to speed and simplify the drug development process.

According to SNM President Robert W. Atcher, Ph.D., M.B.A., "Until now, FLT has been evaluated for investigational use under an IND at a limited number of imaging centers that have FDA-approved INDs in place. With the SNM's centralized IND now approved, multicenter investigational imaging is achievable in large (100+ center) therapeutic clinical trials through a single cross reference letter."

SNM's centralized, multi-center IND application was made possible, in part, through a letter of cross-reference to a master FLT IND held by the Cancer Imaging Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI's IND was the result of significant work and investment by NCI and other collaborators toward their goal of making investigational radiopharmaceuticals available for drug development.

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703-652-6773
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