How to Apply for a Breakthrough Therapy Designation and Win It

This webinar, presented by a leading regulatory affairs expert with successful BTDs, discusses FDA expectations from BTD requests, the best practices to write a BTD request, and pros and cons of applying for a BTD. The session will highlight key regulatory requirements, dos and don’ts, common areas of concern, and trouble-shooting BTD requests using case studies and examples from the presenter’s vast experience helping companies big and small in successfully applying for a BTD. The format and rules governing BTD request will be discussed along with success and challenge factors. The training is designed to provide a well-rounded training to all stakeholders in all aspects of the BTD application process.

Why You Should Attend:

The Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) is perhaps one of the most impactful incentives from the FDA as it helps get the product to market much faster than any other expedited approval pathway. Once a drug is successful in getting the BTD, the non-clinical and clinical requirements for market approval are significantly reduced. The applicants can request special meetings with FDA to discuss the development steps, and become eligible for priority review. However, getting a BTD is not easy; there is about 70% rejection rate for applicants of BTD; the success of BTD award depends a lot on the disease targeted and the product being developed and BTD request requires significant resources from the applicant.

Areas Covered in the Session :

  • Assessing the eligibility of a product for BTD
  • Best practices for format, style and organization of the BTD application
  • Best time in the development timeline to apply for the BTD
  • Pros and cons of applying for the BTD
  • What to do when the BTD is rejected: process to re-apply and appeal
  • Managing public information related to the BTD
  • Common errors and potential solutions
Who Will Benefit:

  • Regulatory Affairs Departments
  • Quality Departments
  • Research and Development Departments
  • Clinical Personnel
  • Manufacturing Departments
  • Auditors
  • Clinical Research Associates (Monitors)
  • Legal Personnel


Carolyn Troiano

Carolyn Troiano has more than 30 years of experience in computer system validation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, animal health, tobacco and other FDA-regulated industries. She is currently an independent consultant, advising companies on computer system validation and large-scale IT system implementation projects.

During her career, Carolyn worked directly, or on a consulting basis, for many of the larger pharmaceutical companies in the US and Europe. She developed validation programs and strategies back in the mid-1980s, when the first FDA guidebook was published on the subject, and collaborated with FDA and other industry representatives on 21 CFR Part 11, the FDA’s electronic record/electronic signature regulation.

Carolyn has participated in industry conferences. She is currently active in the PMI, AITP, and RichTech, and volunteers for the PMI’s Educational Fund as a project management instructor for non-profit organizations.



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