FDA deputy commissioner Janet Woodcock regards The List as an evolving document and expects to issue an update of activities
underway this summer. One project on the table is an FDA-industry effort to identify biomarkers that already exist to demonstrate
the practical value of such measures. FDA participated in an Institute of Medicine workshop on cancer biomarker development
in March and plans to hold a workshop on what type of evidence is needed to qualify biomarkers for different purposes. This
should lead to a general biomarker qualification guidance which will describe approaches for linking biomarker validation
to intended uses. Additional guidances on specific qualified markers will follow, possibly starting with documents on testing
for liver and kidney toxicity.
Also on the agenda is draft guidance on drug-diagnostic codevelopment. FDA published a concept paper on this topic in April
2005, but the specifics of developing a diagnostic test to fit a new therapy have been difficult to pin down.
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