PRIME supports developers of medicines addressing an unmet medical need or which may bring major therapeutic advantage to patient with enhanced interaction and early dialogue to optimize the development of eligible medicines, improving clinical trial designs and speed up their evaluation and contribute to timely patients’ access. PRIME builds on the existing regulatory framework and tools already available such as scientific advice and accelerated assessment.

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Patient Community Advisory Boards are groups established and operated by patient advocates. They facilitate discussions in a safe harbour setting and under strict rules, an MOU and CA on the latest developments and challenges related to medical research and procedures in a disease area with the company or body conducting the research. The CAB can cover from preclinical to post marketing topics. The CAB depending on the areas of discussion can invite scientific expert to serve as advisors.

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The EUPATI Academy is the only in-depth training program for patient experts so far in EU that lasts 14months.
It includes an on online training program supported with two weeks of F2F training. The Academy is still operated by EPF, providing high quality training in drug development to patient from EMEA.

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The ITF is a multidisciplinary EMA group that includes scientific, regulatory and legal competences. It was set up to ensure coordination across the Agency and to provide a forum for early dialogue with applicants on innovative aspects in medicines development. Area of interest: innovative therapeutics and techniques, innovative development methods, borderline products.
From the first request by the applicant, the procedure lasts approximately 8-10 weeks (ITF Secretariats confirms eligibility criteria approx. within 2 weeks; when confirmed, then approx. 2 weeks about experts’ involvement + meeting date after 4-6 weeks).

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