FDA Initiative Aims to Bring Biomarkers To Forefront of Drug Development Process | GenomeWeb

As part of its Critical Path program to speed the movement of discoveries from bench to bedside, the US Food and Drug Administration has launched an initiative to bring biomarkers — including protein biomarkers — to the forefront of drug development, according to an agency official.

The FDA plans to issue guidelines to industry on what criteria are necessary in order for a biomarker to be used as a surrogate endpoint, and to promote the use of biomarkers systematically throughout the process of drug development.

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