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Research, Development, & Regulatory Roundtable (R3)


October 10, 2024

Topic: (1) Laboratory Developed Tests; (2) Limitations on Sharing Data with China and Other Countries of Concern

Hybrid: In-person (Boston) and Virtual (Zoom),
1:00 pm ET to 3:30 pm ET

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January 9, 2025

Topic: Meeting of The Research, Development, and Regulatory Roundtable (R3)

Hybrid: In-person (Boston) and Virtual (Zoom),
1:00 pm ET to 5:00 pm ET

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Research, Development, & Regulatory Roundtable (R3)

The Research, Development, and Regulatory Roundtable (R3) is a forum to discuss pre-competitive issues in drug and device development, regulatory oversight of clinical trials, and human subjects research. Meetings convene policymakers, legal counsel, academicians, industry representatives, and global regulators. The R3 is a cooperative endeavor coordinated by the MRCT Center and Ropes & Gray LLP.

R3 meetings are open to organizations that sponsor R3. Each R3 meeting focuses on one or two timely discussion topics related to the domestic and global impact of new legislation, regulations, guidance, and policies on research community stakeholders. At the end of each R3 meeting, we will consider whether the topic warrants further discussion or development as a publication, position paper, case study analysis, or commentary. In order to promote open dialogue, the meetings are run by ‘Chatham House Rule,’ by which commentary will not be attributed to any individual nor to their institutional affiliation.

For any questions or interest in sponsoring the R3, please contact us as


  • Facilitate open and collaborative discussion of non-proprietary issues in research and development
  • Promote a deeper understanding of the laws and regulations governing therapeutic innovation, product approval, and the protection of human research participants on the global stage

Project leadership & Staff

  • Mark Barnes, JD. LLM. Faculty Co-Director, MRCT Center
  • Barbara E. Bierer, MD. Faculty Director, MRCT Center
  • Jack Ferdman, JD, MPH. Research Analyst, MRCT Center
  • David Peloquin, JD. Senior Advisor, MRCT Center
  • Sarah White, MPH. Executive Director, MRCT Center
  • Sarah Evenson, MBE. Project Manager, MRCT Center

With appreciation to the following sponsors:

  • Advarra
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Amgen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • ICON plc
  • International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Merck, known as MSD outside of U.S. and Canada
  • PhRMA
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Vertex
  • WCG

Please contact if you are interested in sponsoring the R3.


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