Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science (ACPS)

Nonclinical Studies Subcommittee Meeting (NCSS)

November 13, 2001

FDA Building 5630

ACPS Participants:

John Doull, M.D., Ph.D. - Chair

University of Kansas Medical Center

Gloria Anderson, Ph.D. - Consumer Rep.

Morris Brown College


Consultants & Experts:

Joy Cavagnaro, Ph.D.


Industry Participants:

Jack H. Dean, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.



Jack A Reynolds, D.V.M.

Pfizer, Inc.


Industry Invited Guest:

Gordon Holt, Ph.D.

Oxford GlycoSciences


Acting Executive Secretary

Kimberly L. Topper, MS


Academic Participants:

Kendall B. Wallace, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.

University of Minnesota


Government Participants:

David M. Essayan, M.D. - CBER

James T. MacGregor - NCTR

Helen N. Winkle - CDER

Thomas Papoian, Ph.D. - CDER

Elizabeth A. Hausner, D.V.M., D.A.V.T. - CDER









I certify that I attended the November 13, 2001 meeting of the Nonclinical Studies Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science and that these minutes accurately reflect what transpired.


Kimberly L. Topper, MS Date John Doull, M.D., Ph.D. Date

Acting Executive Secretary, NCSS Chair, NCSS

A verbatim transcript of this meeting is available for more detailed information.


Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science (ACPS)

Nonclinical Studies Subcommittee Meeting (NCSS)


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 and Dr. Doull welcomed the group and covered the goals of the meeting. The Conflict of Interest statement was read into the record. The committee, guests, and experts introduced themselves.

Dr. Wallace presented the report of the Cardiotoxicity Biomarker Expert Working Group (CBEWG). He covered the progress since the last report to the committee and the near future plans.

Progress since last report to the NCSS July 2001:

The CBEWG met in Rockville, MD on Oct 12, 2001 to discuss evidence regarding the troponins and to plan objectives and logistics for College of Toxicology symposium.

The CBEWG met November 6 at the Renaissance Hotel:

Near future plans:

The committee discussed all of the issues addressed and the following are the main concerns:


The committee asked the CBEWG to consider:

Dr. Papoian presented the report of the Vasculitis Expert Working Group. The EWG name was changed to Vascular Injury Expert Working Group (VIEWG) because the terminology of the mechanism of injuring event vs repair and inflammatory responses that follow will influence selection of potential markers. He discussed budget issues and the groups they propose to contact for funds.

The Goals of the VIEWG are to explore mechanistic biomarkers, explore targeted late stage biomarkers, and support broad exploration via genomics, proteomics, and metabonomics.

The potential biomarker targets are:

The next steps the VIEWG will take are to continue the independent research, define a standard model for testing, establish cooperative analytical effort to support centralized animal studies and consider inviting other stakeholders to participate in the studies.

The committee discussed the report and had the following concerns:

Dr. MacGregor and Ms. Helen Winkle presented information on moving the NCSS from ACPS to National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). They explained that CDER's mission is focused on review and ensuring the drugs on the market are safe and effective and the NCTR's main focus is research and they are funded to do the research. The NCSS would report to the NCTR Science Board instead of the ACPS. Ms. Winkle recommended that there would still be ACPS members sitting on the NCSS, there would be joint meetings of the NCTR Science Board and the ACPS, and there would still be members of CDER working with the EWG's. She stated that CDER ACPS wants to and plans to stay active within NCSS.

Dr. Joe DeGeorge stated that a cross center dialog is a critical concern when considering the move to NCTR but with other issues there has been a good relationship between NCTR and CDER.

The committee had the following concerns:

After much discussion Dr. MacGregor and Ms. Winkle will continue the dialog and review all of the concerns expressed by NCSS and bring the issue back at a later date.

There were no advance requests for time at the Open Public Hearing and the audience was invited to make comments and no one accepted the opportunity.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 am.