Importance of the Biomarker Discussion Forum
At the conclusion of the discussion forum, John R. Ball reaffirmed the committee’s goals in convening this event. He noted that the discussion forum provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the report and enabled the committee to further flesh out the rationale behind their recommendations. Importantly, the committee was also able to hear from the stakeholders affected by the report recommendations. Dr. Ball noted that these discussions were extremely valuable, and he hoped that this setting allowed all stakeholders—including industry representatives and regulators—to have a dialogue about the important issues in biomarker evaluation.