Breakthrough Designation Program: Is this an option for my medical device?

The breakthrough designation program (BDP), created by Congress as part of the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, is an extension of the expedited access program (EAP) (April, 2015 guidance) and before that the Medical Device Innovation Initiative (MDII) and before that…  The BDP represents the next in a series of “special programs” to encourage companies to pursue “breakthrough technologies” often (but not always) in areas of unmet clinical need. FDA issued “draft” guidance on the BDP in 2017 and “finalized” guidance  in December, 2018.

The goal of the BDP and similar programs is simple: to help patients gain timely access to breakthrough technologies that have the potential to change lives without compromising safety or effectiveness – at least in theory, but is that reality?  According to recent statistics (here), CDRH has received 94 requests for breakthrough status for devices treating a variety of conditions and has granted 54 – resulting in an overall success rate of 57%. 

Simply put: when used appropriately, the BDP can offer significant advantages to the manufacturer by getting their device to market sooner.  But if the device doesn’t qualify, your BDP application will be rejected by FDA and you have just wasted a bunch of time and money!

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MDrues webinar - BDP option for MD
Using the case study approach to present the breakthrough designation process in an interactive fashion including:
  • What is the breakthrough designation program and when should it be used?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining breakthrough designation?
  • How does a manufacturer apply for BDP designation?
  • Why are nearly half of BDP applications rejected and what should be done to avoid that?
  • What are my options if my BDP application is rejected?
  • Are there non-regulatory advantages of obtaining BDP designation, i.e., reimbursement, public relations, fund-raising, etc.?
  • Q&A Session
Who Should Attend?
  • Medical Device Executives
  • Regulatory Affairs Professionals and Management
  • Quality Professionals and Management
  • Clinical Affairs Professionals and Management
  • R&D Engineers and Management
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Presenter: Mike Drues

President, Vascular Sciences

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Moderator: Jesseca Lyons

Senior Medical Device Guru, Greenlight Guru


About Vascular Sciences
Vascular Sciences has been conducting seminars specifically geared toward medical device design, development and testing since 1996. These seminars have been requested by companies ranging in size from start-up to fortune 100 companies, the European Patent Office and the FDA Centers for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Visit their website tolearn more.


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