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Biomaterials. 2013 Apr;34(13):3165-73. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2013.01.048. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

The regulation of allogeneic human cells and tissue products as biomaterials.

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  • 1Joint Graduate School of Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-866, Japan.


The current definition of biomaterials differs vastly from it of just a decade ago. According to advancing technologies, it encompasses unpredictable materials such as engineered human cells and tissue. These biomaterials also have to be approved to use in health care business by regulatory authority, which are defined as drug, medical device, or biologics in the regulation. This Leading Opinion Paper addresses the regulatory issues of engineered human cells and tissue products using allogeneic cells that should have a great possibility to develop therapeutics for life-threating diseases or orphan diseases. Six allogeneic human cells and tissue products derived from neonatal or infant fibroblasts and/or keratinocytes were approved as medical devices or biologics in the United States as well as a hematopoietic cell product. For five of the seven products, well-controlled comparative clinical trials were conducted as pre-approval evaluation followed by post-approval evaluation. Although these products avoid a sterilization process usually used for medical devices, no serious malfunction that would lead to class 1 recall was reported. This article would provide insight for development of the engineered human cells and tissue.

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