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Addressing access challenges for cell and gene therapies in the Asia-Pacific region

Sudha Sundaram, Associate Director | 12/15/2023

In the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, the demand for cell and gene therapies (CGTs) is increasing but the reimbursement environment for these therapies is still nascent. This update, taken from our expert insights report, summarizes how global access initiatives could offer learnings for the APAC region, such as the importance of advocating for expanding healthcare ecosystem investments to enhance CGT capacity, shifting focus to long-term cost-effectiveness, and increasing innovative public – private partnerships (PPP).

Global access initiatives for cell and gene therapies could offer learnings for the Asia-Pacific region

Four key challenges face manufacturers seeking access for CGT in APAC, and here we summarize the learnings from global initiates that could support access in the region.


1. Complex treatment manufacturing flow and logistics
  • Infrastructure to improve manufacturing processes enabled through public-private partnerships
  • Optimizing accreditation standards for CGT logistics


2. Complex treatment delivery with continuous patient care and monitoring
  • Infrastructure to aid CGT delivery (but barriers still observed in multi-payer healthcare systems)​
  • Patient registries for long-term monitoring​
  • Local specialized players involvement to ease treatment delivery hurdles


3. Ultra-high cost of CGT with pre- and post-infusion costs
  • Dedicated pathways for advanced therapies to assess value​
  • Moving beyond short-term budget impact to focus on incremental cost-effectiveness ​
  • To manage costs:​
    • Financing models based on individual patient data​
    • Cancer center involvement to manage costs over time​


4. Uncertainty with regards to long-term treatment outcomes
  • Long-term outcomes-based contracts linked to individual patient outcomes​
  • Novel financing models involving multiple players to reduce risk


For a deep dive into these challenges and learnings

Read the full report, “Cell and gene therapy market access in the Asia-Pacific region”

Read the report


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