I have previously written about my visits to cities that have biotech clusters or aspire to have them, so thought it would be of interest to look at Liverpool, in the north west region of the UK.
Liverpool – In the United Kingdom, 1 in 48 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with 90% of cases in those aged 45 or greater.
San Francisco – In the ASCO GU prostate cancer session yesterday morning one of the most interesting presentations was by Andrew J Armstrong, Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute.
San Francisco – Tokai Pharmaceuticals is a case study in how not to do drug development.
This week sees the start of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Symposium on Genitourinary Cancers (ASCO GU) in San Francisco.
Clovis Oncology ($CLVS) is one of the winners at the JPM Morgan Healthcare conference (#JPM14) in San Francisco with a dramatic increase in share price over the past several days.
The share price of Exelixis ($EXEL) is starting a run-up (after months in the doldrums) in advance of anticipated results from the COMET-1 phase 3 trial in metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) for cabozantinib (Cometriq, formerly XL184).
The Inquirer yesterday reported on Philly.com that start-up Juno Therapeutics (Juno) are now in control of a legal dispute between St Jude Children’s Hospital (St Jude) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) over chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) intellectual property that contributed to the development of CTL019, licensed by Penn to Novartis. Thanks to @lomu_j for sharing this news on Twitter.
As 2013 comes to an end, rather than look back as many are doing, I’m looking forward to 2014. January is a busy month for cancer meetings with the ASCO organized gastrointestinal cancers symposium (ASCO GI) and genitourinary cancers symposium (ASCO GU) both taking place in San Francisco a few weeks apart.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) was one of the hot topics at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and a new CLL drug that caught my attention was the second-generation Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) inhibitor ONO-4059 from Ono Pharmaceuticals.