In my first letter to the FACT community earlier this year, I explained that one of my goals is to continue FACT’s position as the lead promoter for maintaining and improving the quality of cellular therapy for the benefit of patients. The unique collaborative model established by FACT is special, and we are excited to continue advancing this model into new cell therapeutics in clinical trials and in the marketplace.
One of the first steps we are taking is to pursue independent status from FACT’s long-time home, the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This change will allow us to continue to rapidly accommodate progress in the field as we have done in years past. FACT will support the extraordinary growth in cellular therapies, indications, and stakeholders, and becoming independent is one example of our commitment to you.
It is fitting that this change will come to fruition at the time of a milestone anniversary. This newsletter highlights exciting ways we are honoring our 25-year history, including our virtual events that always receive high marks of praise and preparing to publish the eighth edition of the FACT-JACIE Standards. There are examples of accomplishments our volunteers have achieved and collegial advice our programs are always willing to share with each other.
Please join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary and the exciting opportunities ahead for FACT.