Cell and gene therapies have a level of complexity from a supply chain perspective that needs new approaches, including a high level of information sharing and integration. This topic was covered from different perspectives at two recent conferences.
A range of factors — including small patient populations, complex manufacturing processes, and lack of specialized expertise — are positioned to both drive up costs and require new options for stakeholder engagement and risk sharing along the development pathway. New approaches in development are needed to support the next generation of novel drugs on the horizon.
At the BIO-Europe Spring Conference in Amsterdam in March 2018, CRA hosted a special program where attendees from biotech, Big Pharma, healthcare provider/payer groups, and patient associations were asked to share their views on pricing strategies for innovative medicine, including cell and gene therapies. More than 60 attendees responded to a series of questions about drug pricing, with a focus on cell and gene therapies, and their responses were captured live through an instantaneous voting system during a panel session.