SITC 2015 Biomarker Debate

Future of Cancer Immunotherapy Biomarkers

Where is the field of immune biomarkers going beyond PD-L1 in the next few years?

November 27, 2015
Saint Augustin Cafe

ASH15 Preview Checkpoints in classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

Checkpoints in classical Hodgkins Lymphoma - how is the data holding up one year on?

November 25, 2015
Dr Chris Heery NCI

Exploring the Potential of Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines

At the recent Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) annual meeting, Dr Chris Heery presented a poster on the results of a phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a therapeutic vaccine targeting brachyury.

November 23, 2015
SITC 2015 Land Grab

Q&A on hot topics in CAR T cell therapies

Our latest Q&A based on reader questions - In the Hot Spot: On CAR T cell therapies

November 18, 2015
GRACE Immunotherapy Patient Forum SITC

Novel Immunotherapies and Combinations

Interview with Dr Mario Sznol on Novel Immunotherapies and Combinations

November 17, 2015
Tom Gajewski SITC 2015

Gut Bacteria Impact Checkpoint Inhibitor efficacy

Dr Tom Gajewski (University of Chicago) talks about work from his lab that shows the gut microbiota can impact the efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors.

November 16, 2015
Millefeuille Pastry

Strategies to overcome CAR T cell therapy resistance

Interview with a leading expert on strategies to overcome CAR T Cell Therapy Resistance

November 12, 2015
National Harbor Maryland

How long do we need to give a checkpoint inhibitor for?

At SITC 2015, we heard a tremendous amount of data, but a fresh controversy emerged regarding checkpoint inhibition...

November 11, 2015
Crab Cakes Maryland

Do Cellectis CAR T Cells Really Work?

Expert opinion on First Clinical Application of TALEN Engineered Universal CAR19 T Cells in B-ALL

November 10, 2015
Fall Colors National Harbor MD

Mixed results with Macrogenics enoblituzumab at SITC

Enoblituzumab is an immune stimulant that targets B7-H3 leading to more T cells.

November 7, 2015
National Harbor Maryland

Did the epacadostat combo data disappoint at SITC?

Is Incyte's epacadostat (IDO1 inhibitor) ready for prime time?

November 7, 2015
SITC 2015 National Harbor Gaylord MD

SITC 2015 – what did we learn from the cancer immunotherapy workshops?

Review of the highlights from the SITC 2015 pre-meeting workshops

November 5, 2015
Downtown Disney Orlando

What IS Hot at ASH 2015 in Orlando? #ASH15 abstracts – Preview 1

Most of the abstracts for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) have just gone online. This is a quick initial preview of a few that caught my attention in the immunotherapy space.

November 5, 2015
SITC 2015 National Harbor View

SITC 2015 International Cancer Immunotherapy Symposium

Commentary on the International Cancer Immunotherapy Symposium held at SITC 2015

November 4, 2015
SITC 2015 Cancer Immunotherapy

Preview of SITC 2015 Cancer Immunotherapy Meeting

Preview of what's hot at the 2015 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) annual meeting at National Harbor, MD.

November 3, 2015
Wiener Wisenrad

CD40 as a Cancer Immunotherapy Target

Companies in the ImmunoOncology space are looking at ways to improve responses with checkpoint inhibitors. Adding an immune agonist is one way to do this.

November 3, 2015
Vienna Wiesenrad Gorilla Amusement

How do we boost the effectiveness of checkpoint inhibitors?

A primer on immunocytokines in cancer immunotherapy with a focus on Roche's CEA-IL2v as a example.

November 2, 2015
Dr Jerome Galon ECC2015 Vienna

Immunosurveillance, Immunoscore & Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy – an interview with Jérôme Galon

Interview with Dr Jérôme Galon on Immunosurveillance, Immunoscore and Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy.

October 30, 2015
Fall Colors Boston

What’s Hot at AACR #Targets15 in Boston?

Preview of the key topics coming up at the AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets meeting in Boston, including Pasi Janne's interesting data on T790M negative NSCLC...

October 27, 2015
Austrian Traditional Costume

Controversies in lung cancer immunotherapy

Should we be using the PDL1 antibody assay to screen patients for therapy with anti-PD1 and PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitors or? How useful is the test? The debate is heating up!

October 26, 2015
ECC Go the Extra Mile Shoe

Why combine radiation with cancer immunotherapy?

Radiation has the potential to generate an immune response that may lead to an abscopal effect when combined with a checkpoint inhibitor.

October 21, 2015
Cambridge River Cam

Is Combining a Checkpoint plus an EGFR inhibitor a risky combination?

Will an increase in ILD cases scupper the AZD9291 plus durvalumab combination study in lung cancer? Will there be an advantage for Clovis or not?

October 13, 2015
ECC 2015 Go the Extra Mile

Where are the breakthroughs coming in Soft Tissue Sarcoma?

Interview at ECC 2015 with Dr George Demetri on new developments in Soft Tissue Sarcoma

October 6, 2015
Dr Nora Disis ECC 2015

Potential of Checkpoint Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer

Interview with Dr Nora Disis about the phase 1b trial results for avelumab in ovarian cancer and the challenges of developing these agents in non-hypermutated tumour types

October 5, 2015
ECC Vienna Highlights Day 3

What’s hot at Day 3 of European Cancer Congress?

Commentary on Day 3 of the European Cancer Congress in Vienna

September 28, 2015
European Cancer Congress Vienna

ECC Day 2 Highlights – Checkpoints in Lung and Bladder Cancer

Commentary on Day 2 of the European Cancer Congress in Vienna

September 27, 2015
ECC 2015 Press Conference

ECC Day 1 Highlights – the battle for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Highlights from Day 1 of the ECC 2015 (ECCO) meeting in Vienna

September 25, 2015
Vienna Torte

Novel Targets Podcast 6 – Immune Agonists

What happens when we literally step on the gas with immune agonists?

September 24, 2015
Paignton Dartmouth Steam Railway

Checkpoint inhibition: targeting TIM-3

T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing molecule-3 (TIM-3) is widely expressed on immune cells. What's the potential for a TIM-3 checkpoint inhibitor?

September 17, 2015
New York Waterfront Photo

What’s hot at the AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference?

Review of noteworthy abstracts at CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference in New York

September 16, 2015
Dr Holbrook Kohrt

Holbrook Kohrt leads the way in Targeting CD137

Holbrook Kohrt is a Stanford medical oncologist and clinical researcher who is leading the way in cancer immunotherapy combination strategies targeting CD137 (4-1BB).

September 15, 2015
Immunocore Milton Park Oxford

Immunocore ImmTAC TCR platform offers combination promise

Immunocore is an immuno-oncology company with an innovative approach to targeting T Cell Receptors (TCR) using their proprietary ImmTAC (Immune mobilising monoclonal TCRs against cancer) technology platform.

September 14, 2015
Vienna Ferris Wheel

ECC Vienna Preview 2 Oral Presentations

What's hot at ECCO 2015 in the oral sessions? An in-depth preview of what we can expect to hear about in Vienna...

September 10, 2015
Vienna Coffee House

ECC Vienna Preview 1 Late Breaking Abstracts

What's hot in the 2015 ECCO late breaking abstracts in Vienna? Find out here...

September 8, 2015
St Bartholomews Hospital Barts London

Atezolizumab PDL1 Checkpoint Inhibitor will change Bladder Cancer Treatment

Atezolizumab is expected to change the standard of care for the treatment of metastatic urothelial bladder cancer

September 3, 2015
Philadelphia Suburban Station

Adoptive Cell Therapies – an interview with Dr Carl June

Dr Carl June on progress of CAR T cell therapies in CLL, myeloma and solid tumours

August 14, 2015

Adoptive Cell Therapy: An Interview with Dr Steven Rosenberg

We know that TILs can be effective in advanced melanoma, but what about common epithelial solid tumours? Can it work in these cancers too? Find out from Dr Rosenberg's latest work what's happening...

August 12, 2015
English Roses

Oncolytic viruses – are they ready for prime time?

Oncolytic viruses are fast becoming a hot new area in cancer research but who are the players and where is this field going?

August 6, 2015
Kensington Gardens London

Will targeting NY-ESO-1 prime the immune system in cancer?

Exploring NY-ESO-1 as a valid target in sarcoma, multiple myeloma and metastatic melanoma...

August 3, 2015
Cambridge Clare College Bicycles

BMS and Exelixis announce new renal cell cancer data

Will checkpoint inhibitors make their mark in renal cell carcinoma and how will they be integrated into a treatment paradigm dominated by VEGF inhibitors?

July 22, 2015

Novel Targets Podcast: Non-inflamed Tumours

Can we find new ways to target prostate cancer and other non-immunogenic tumours with immunotherapies? The answer may surprise...

July 21, 2015
Cambridge Punting

AstraZeneca take a punt on immuno-oncology

Interview with Dr Rob Iannone of AstraZeneca on their IO pipeline

July 15, 2015
Dr William Pao Roche

Do you need a CAR T Cell Therapy to be a Global Cancer Immunotherapy Company?

Interview with Dr William Pao on the Roche antibody based cancer immunotherapy strategy.

July 1, 2015
Juno CELG collaboration

Juno and Celgene’s unexpected CAR-T cell and TCR collaboration

Editas presented some elegant work using their gene editing technology with CRISPR/Cas9 to modify T cells at ASGCT. Who would have guessed a short time afterwards Juno and Celgene would sign a 10 year collaboration?

June 30, 2015
Dr James Gulley ASCO 2015

Future of Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy

ASCO 2015 interview with Dr James Gulley from NCI on Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy.

June 29, 2015
Chicago Riverwalk

Checkpoint inhibitors show early promise in Small Cell Lung Cancer

We've heard a lot about checkpoint immunotherapies in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but what about it's deadlier cousin, small cell lung cancer (SCLC)? Find out more...

June 16, 2015
Chicago Riverwalk

Beyond the Big Four in checkpoint blockade

Beyond the Big Four in checkpoint inhibitors, there is a raft of other companies anxious to get in the action. We take a look at Merck Serono and their progress with avelumab, an anti-PDL1 antibody

June 11, 2015
Chicago Trains

Combined checkpoint inhibition and chemotherapy – useful or not?

How do we help patients who are non-responders or have stable disease respond to checkpoint inhibitors? Will chemotherapy combos help or not?

June 8, 2015
Dr Jedd Wolchok ASCO 2015

Highlights of Day 4 at ASCO 2015 Annual Meeting

Highlights from Monday at the 2015 ASCO annual meeting in Chicago

June 1, 2015
ASCO 2015 Day 3 Live Blog

ASCO 2015 Highlights of Day 3

What's hot on Plenary Sunday at ASCO 2015? We'll be updating this blog post during the day.

May 31, 2015
ASCO 2015 Day 2 Live Blog

Highlights of ASCO 2015 Day 2 Live Blog

Highlights from Day 2 at ASCO 15 in Chicago

May 30, 2015
ASCO 2015 Day 1 Highlights

ASCO 2015 Cancer Immunotherapy – Reflections on Day 1

Reflections on data presented in the first cancer immunotherapy press briefing at ASCO 2015

May 30, 2015

Suicide Genes – what are they and are they really needed?

Do you need to incorporate a suicide suicide switch into CAR T cells that allows you to turn off the response, force the T cells to self-destruct?

May 28, 2015
New Orleans American Queen

New therapies for multiple myeloma may make an impact

Data at ASGCT and ASCO highlight potential new treatments in development for multiple myeloma

May 18, 2015
Gumbo Shop New Orleans

AUA 2015 Update on bladder cancer

Update on checkpoint inhibitors in urothelial bladder cancer from AUA 2015 and what's in store for new developments with this disease.

May 15, 2015
Chicago River ASCO

Highlights of ASCO15 Abstracts – Preview No 1

First in a series of previews of ASCO 2015 annual meeting abstracts.

May 13, 2015
Dr Tom Gajewski (Chicago)

Tom Gajewski takes the STING out of Cancer

Dr Tom Gajewski is working on STING agonists that may have a major role to play in cancer immunotherapy.

May 13, 2015
New Orleans Cafe Du Monde

Promise of Cancer Immunotherapy highlighted at Immunology 2015

At the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) in New Orleans, leading experts shared their insights on the “Promise of Cancer Immunotherapy."

May 11, 2015
Chicago L Train

Top 10 immunotherapy studies with checkpoint blockade at ASCO 2015

What are the hot checkpoint studies to watch out for at ASCO 2015? We created a cheat sheet to follow and track the data as tsunami hits...

May 8, 2015
AACR 2015 Audience

What happens when you combine checkpoint blockade with an immune stimulant in cancer?

What happens when we combine a checkpoint with an immune stimulant in advanced melanoma?

May 6, 2015
Reading Market Food

AACR Gems from the Poster Halls in ImmunoOncology

Beyond monotherapy with checkpoint inhibition, what combinations or sequences might be useful to explore next?

April 28, 2015
AACR 2015 Checkpoint Inhibitor Posters

Where are checkpoint inhibitors going next?

Beyond lung cancer and melanoma, what other tumour types represent the low hanging fruit for checkpoint monotherapy?

April 24, 2015
AACR 2015 Annual Meeting Philadelphia

Is this the end of ipilimumab in melanoma?

As the anti-PD-1 blockers show superiority in front-line metastatic melanoma, is this the end for Yervoy?

April 23, 2015

Top 10 Highlights of AACR 2015

The annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research ended today. Find out what were our top 10 highlights.

April 22, 2015
Philadelphia Suburban Station

Checkpoint Inhibitor Data Rocks AACR 2015

Checkpoint Inhibitor data is a hot topic at AACR 2015. Data showed they may work in TNBC and also two checkpoints are better than one.

April 21, 2015
Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia

Reflections on AACR 2015 Cancer Immunotherapy Data

Cancer Immunotherapy is one of the hot topics at the 2015 AACR annual meeting in Philadelphia.

April 20, 2015
City of London Griffin

Anti-CTLA4 blockade with ipilimumab may be effective in hematologic malignancies

Does checkpoint blockade with CTLA4 have a role to play in hematologic malignancies?

April 15, 2015
UCL London Warren Street

UCL Drives CD19 CAR T Cell Therapy Forward in Europe

University College London (UCL) is leading the way in European clinical trials of CAR T Cell therapies that target CD19.

April 14, 2015
Bridgewater Canal Salford

Novel Combination Approaches with Checkpoint Inhibitors

Emerging data on different combinations with checkpoint inhibitors suggests that this may increase response rates and outcomes for cancer patients. Find out more...

March 31, 2015
Novartis Cambridge MA

What is STING and why does it matter in cancer immunotherapy?

Novartis have announced a deal with Aduro Biotech for access to their STING-targeted CDN platform technology.

March 30, 2015
Paris La Madeleine

How do we improve responses to checkpoint inhibitors in lung cancer?

The mutational landscape determines sensitivity to PD-1 blockade in non–small cell lung cancer

March 26, 2015

Will CAR-T cells make an impact in solid tumours?

Novel targets are emerging in urothelial bladder cancer which may offer new therapeutic options for antibody and CAR-T cell therapy development.

March 25, 2015
Madrid Pescaderia

What would Charles Darwin make of renal cell carcinoma?

Why is renal cell carcinoma so challenging from a clinical and sequencing perspective?

March 23, 2015
WTC Memorial Liberty State Park

Cellular therapy with EBV-CTL reduces death post stem cell transplant

What is the potential of a new cell therapy with cytotoxic T lymphocytes against Epstein Barr Virus (EBV-CTL)?

March 20, 2015
Philadelphia Skyline

Emerging new biomarker for predicting checkpoint inhibitor responders

Predictive biomarkers of response will be key to reimbursement of immunotherapies in Europe. One is potentially emerging for ipilimumab (Yervoy), which may be useful in speeding up access.

March 19, 2015
Love Philadelphia

AACR 2015 Cancer Immunotherapy Preview

What are the emerging new trends in cancer immunotherapy? Beyond monotherapy lies many combination opportunities yet to be explored. At AACR in April, we will see a raft of novel approaches being discussed.

March 11, 2015

How to enhance checkpoint inhibitors in hematologic malignancies

Will checkpoint inhibitors make an impact in hematologic malignancies or will novel combinations be needed?

March 4, 2015
ASCO GU Orlando

How to make non-immunogenic cancers sensitive to checkpoint inhibitors

Not all cancers respond to checkpoint inhibitors - how can we change that situation? Here's one example, using prostate cancer as a model...

March 2, 2015
Dr Krishna Komanduri University of Miami

CAR-T and Gene Therapy excite BMT Tandem Meeting

Dr Krishna Komanduri discusses some of the best abstracts at the 2015 BMT Tandem meeting in San Diego.

February 25, 2015
London Coffee Stand

CAR-T Cell Therapies from China are a Competitive Threat

Cellular Biomedicine Group (NASDAQ: CBMG) has acquired rights to the Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy of the PLA General Hospital in Beijing.

February 11, 2015

The application of TILs, CARs and TCRs in cancer research

What does the evolving landscape for CAR, TIL and TCR cell therapies look like?

February 10, 2015
Rosenberg ASH Featured Image

Tumour infiltrating lymphocytes TILs: what are they and why do they matter?

The NCI have been at the forefront of developing novel cancer immunotherapies for several decades, but what is the current status of their groundbreaking work? Find out more in this primer on TILs.

February 5, 2015
Iron Men of Crosby

Bellicum moves BPX-501 T Cell Therapy forward $BLCM

What's the vision for Bellicum Pharmaceuticals? In an in-depth interview CEO Tom Farrell and COO Annemarie Moseley discuss the benefits offered by their new products in development.

January 13, 2015
Genetech Drug Development with Gene Antibody

Next generation approaches to immuno-oncology – where next?

What's next in immuno-oncology: what are potential ways to tackle the patients who do not respond to checkpoint immunotherapy?

January 8, 2015
Dr Julianne Smith Cellectis

Cellectis ramps up CAR-T development in 2015

What makes the Cellectis Chimeric Antigen Receptor CAR-T cell therapy different and what are the milestones expected in 2015?

January 6, 2015
ASH 2014 GvHD Plenary Dr Wei Li

Targeting the unmet medical need in GvHD

Graft versus Host disease (GvHD) is an area of tremendous unmet medical need that is triggering the interest of a number of biotech and rare disease companies.

January 5, 2015
SABCS 2014 San Antonio Riverwalk

Do Checkpoint Inhibitors work in Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

There is a lot of interest in checkpoint inhibitors, do they look they will be effective in Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

December 10, 2014
Dungeness Crab San Francisco

ASH 2014 Day 3 Live blog #ASH14

"Manic Monday" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology features multiple oral sessions run at the same time!

December 8, 2014
San Francisco Festive Cable Car

ASH 2014 Day 2 Live Blog #ASH14

Coverage of Day 2 of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco.

December 7, 2014
Historic Trolley Car San Francisco

ASH 2014 Day 1 Live Blog #ASH14

It's Day 1 of the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology meeting in San Francisco.

December 6, 2014
San Francisco Coit Tower

ASH 2014 Annual Meeting Multiple Myeloma Preview

ASH 2014 Multiple Myeloma data looks like it offers much promise for new treatments as well as an increasingly competitive marketplace

December 2, 2014
Nature Letter PDL1 Roy Herbst

The Science of PD1 PDL1 Cancer Immunotherapy

The science of targeting PD-1 and it's ligand PD-L1 in cancer immunotherapy is highlighted in five Letters published in Nature this week.

November 26, 2014
Hy Levitsky Roche SITC 2014

Targeting CD40 in Cancer Immunotherapy

How can we jumpstart the immune system to enable more patients to respond? At SITC we learned more about targeting CD40 to achieve this.

November 20, 2014
Fall Colors National Harbor MD

Can you reduce Graft versus Host Disease GvHD by regulating gut bacteria?

At the SITC 2014 annual meeting, Dr van den Brink presented data on how the bacteria in our gut (the intestinal microbiome) can impact GvHD.

November 18, 2014
SITC 2014 Entrance

Challenge of Cytokine Release Syndrome in CD19 CAR-T Cell Therapy

At the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) meeting last week, one of the Hot Topic sessions that took place after the conference formally ended was in managing the toxicities associated with chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy.

November 17, 2014
SITC 2014 Oral Poster Session

Will combining anti-OX40 with a checkpoint inhibitor matter in cancer?

OX40 could be an exciting new target in immune-oncology that could be combined with checkpoint inhibitors to improve the T cell response.

November 11, 2014
National Harbor MD Fall Colors

SITC 2014 Cancer Immunotherapy Day 1

Reflections on Day 1 of the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).

November 8, 2014
National Harbor Maryland

SITC 2014 Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop Review

Day 1 of the SITC annual meeting started with two workshops on immunotherapy and combination therapy

November 7, 2014
Washington DC in Fall

SITC 2014 Cancer Immunotherapy Annual Meeting Preview

This week sees the start of the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) at National Harbor, MD. We’re excited to be attending this meeting for the first time.

November 4, 2014
ESMO 2014 Posters

Immuno-Oncology Gems in the ESMO Poster Halls

There was a lot going on in lung, melanoma, renal and colorectal cancer in terms of immunotherapy in Madrid.

November 3, 2014
ESMO Entrance Hall

Update on PD1 checkpoint inhibition in lung cancer

Merck announced their Breakthrough therapy designation for Keytruda in lung cancer this morning. What did we learn from the updated data for checkpoint inhibitors in NSCLC at ESMO that was different from ASCO?

October 27, 2014
ESMO 2014 Audience

New therapies are emerging for the treatment of advanced stomach cancer

Checkpoint inhibitors are looking very promising in advanced gastric cancer

October 23, 2014
ESMO 2014 Bladder Cancer

Breathing New Life into Bladder Cancer Treatment

At ESMO 2014, phase 1 clinical trial data in bladder cancer was presented for Pembrolizumab (Merck) and MPDL3280A (Roche/Genentech).

October 22, 2014
Roche Media Briefing ESMO 2014

Potential of IDO as Immunotherapy Target

Genentech and NewLink announced a deal to license an IDO inhibitor. What's the impact of this on the IO pipeline?

October 20, 2014
ESMO 2014 E Posters

ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress Day 3 Live Blog

Day 3 of the live blog from the ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress in Madrid.

September 28, 2014
ESMO 2014 Congress Madrid

ESMO 2014 Live Blog Day 2 #ESMO14

Day 2 Live Blog with news and commentary on what's taking place at the ESMO Cancer Congress in Madrid

September 28, 2014
Roche Promise of Immunotherapy Quote

ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress Day 1 Live Blog

ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress data starts to roll out today - throughout the day we'll be updating the blog with initial impressions of data as it's presented.

September 27, 2014
Air France Concorde Paris CDG

ESMO 2014 Takes Off with Release of Oral Abstracts #ESMO14

Most of the abstracts for oral presentations at the forthcoming ESMO cancer congress in Madrid have just been released. This is a preview of some that caught my attention.

September 24, 2014
Do not feed the Pelicans

ESMO 2014 Scientific Symposia Preview

There are some interesting science symposia at #ESMO14 in both immunotherapy and targeted therapies. We review what the hot topics are here.

September 19, 2014
St Pancras International

ESMO 2014 Poster Preview

A review of the key poster and poster discussion abstracts on immunotherapy and targeted therapies at ESMO 2014

September 18, 2014
Tall Ship Pageant

ESMO 2014 Preview: Immuno-oncology

Update on what to watch out for in immunotherapy at ESMO 2014.

September 16, 2014
Antoni Ribas ASCO 2014 Melanoma

What impact will nivolumab & pembrolizumab have on advanced melanoma?

How will we decide which therapies to give patients with metastatic melanoma once the new immunotherapies are available?

July 23, 2014
Cellectis CSO CEO

Can Cellectis Revolutionize CAR-T cell immunotherapy?

Cellectis is a Paris based biotechnology company with a “blue ocean” strategy that, if successful, could revolutionize cancer immunotherapy.

July 7, 2014
Kite Pharma Banner

Kite Pharma Challenges and Opportunities Post-IPO $KITE

After it's successful IPO, what are some of the challenges and opportunities facing Kite Pharma and their CAR-T cell immunotherapy?

June 23, 2014
ASCO 2014 Crowds

AstraZeneca MEDI4736 shows Immuno-Oncology promise at ASCO 2014

AstraZeneca showed impressive data at ASCO 2014 for MEDI4736, a new anti PD-L1 immunotherapy.

June 19, 2014
Chicago Board of Trade Building

Making a difference in advanced bladder cancer

There have been no new therapies in urothelial bladder cancer for 30 years - until now...

June 17, 2014
Chicago Art Institute

ASCO 2014 Nivolumab vs Pembrolizumab in Metastatic Melanoma

PD-1 antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab show considerable promise in metastatic melanoma. At ASCO 2014 we learnt more about how they compare against each other and their potential as a backbone for combinations.

June 16, 2014
ASCO 2014 Chicago the Bean

Combination strategies for nivolumab in Renal Cell Carcinoma

What does the ASCO 2014 data show when you combine checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab and ipilimumab?

June 13, 2014
T cell immunotherapy

6 important things I learned from AACR 2014 on immuno-oncology

Insights on checkpoint inhibitors, co-stimulants, CAR T cell therapy and bispecific antibody TCRs

May 2, 2014
AACR San Diego

New directions in immuno-oncology in biomarkers and combinations

Update on emerging potential immuno-oncology biomarkers and combinations from AACR

April 30, 2014
MSKCC Trial Suspensions

The real story behind Juno’s CAR T cell therapy suspensions

This weekend at AACR a controversy emerged on the safety of Juno's CAR T cell therapy.

April 6, 2014
Screenshot 2014-04-02 13.29.39

Innate immunotherapy – is it ready for prime time in cancer research?

A review of innate immunotherapies including CD47, KIR, MICA and anti-glucan data at AACR in San Diego.

April 2, 2014
Source: James Kochendefer, NCI

Will CAR T cells give new therapies for NHL and CLL a run for their money?

Much has been written about CAR T cells in B cell leukemias, but what about B cell lymphomas? Kite and the NCI had the honour of being the first to present data from ASH on their therapy in refractory DLBCL lymphomas

March 6, 2014
Anti-CTLA-4 ipilimumab

Update on immuno-oncology and biomarkers of response

ASCO GU saw an update on the ipilimumab study in post chemotherapy CRPC. New biomarker data published this week in melanoma may be potentially useful in prostate and other tumour types.

February 5, 2014
Screenshot 2014-02-04 15.14.55

ASCO GU 2014 Optimal targeting of anti PD-1 and PD-L1 therapies in renal cancer

Update on progress with anti-PD1 and PD-L1 immunotherapies in renal cell cancer. Where is the field going in this space?

February 4, 2014
Source: Roche

Update on anti-PD-L1 cancer immunotherapy

Roche Genentech are developing their anti-PD-L1 as both monotherapy and also in combination with targeted therapies in lung, melanoma, renal and colon cancers. How is the early development progressing?

January 22, 2014
Title Slide ASCO GI Keynote

ASCO GI Keynote: The future of Immunotherapy is Combinations

“We are at beginning of a REVOLUTION in immunotherapy,” said Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD at the start of American Society of Clinical Oncology GastroIntestinal (ASCO GI) symposium keynote lecture on Immunologic Treatments for GI Cancers.

January 21, 2014
CAR T Cells

ASH 2013 Stunning ALL data with Novartis CTL019 CAR Therapy

UPenn and CHOP are using genetically modified chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells to treat patients with B cell cancers such as ALL, B cell NHL, CLL and other B cell malignancies. At ASH, the impressive data from adult and pediatric ALL was presented. This post includes insights on this approach and an interview with Dr Stephan Grupp on the pediatric data.

January 9, 2014
Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 11.22.26 AM

New Immunotherapy data at IASLC Lung Cancer Meeting

Immunotherapy continues to be a hot topic in oncology with anti-PD-1 and other new approaches being discussed at the AACR-IASLC meeting in San Diego

January 7, 2014
St Jude Penn Legal Case Citation

Juno Therapeutics takes on Penn in dispute over St Jude Chimeric Antigen Receptor Patent

Start-up Juno Therapeutics is now in control of a legal dispute between St Jude Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania over chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells intellectual property that contributed to the development of CTL019 licensed by Penn to Novartis. Penn are seeking to invalidate a St Jude patent that if upheld, CTL019 may infringe.

January 6, 2014
Renier Brentjens ASH 2013 Disclosure

Juno Therapeutics takes on Novartis and seeks to revolutionize the treatment of blood cancers – an interview with Renier Brentjens

Juno Therapeutics is a start-up company with a mission to revolutionize the treatment of blood cancers through the use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cell therapy. The company recently launched with $120 million of series A funding. One of the scientific founders is Renier Brentjens MD, PhD, the Director of Cell Therapeutics at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. He kindly gave an interview while at the ASH annual meeting in New Orleans.

December 13, 2013
KIR Occupancy by IPH2101

Will anti-KIR immunotherapy make an impact in hematologic malignancies?

Immuno-oncology is a hot topic at the moment and many new targets are emerging that may be useful in combination. This post discusses Innate Pharma's anti-KIR program in hematologic malignancies.

December 12, 2013
Brentjens CART Slide

ASH 2013 Preview: will new Seattle startup Juno Therapeutics push Novartis and U Penn in CART?

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell technology (CART) is an exciting new area, especially in hematologic malignancies. With the formation of a new start-up in Seattle, Juno Therapeutics, things just got very interesting...

December 4, 2013
Fall Colors Boston

New insights on checkpoint inhibitors and CART in CLL and solid tumors

An update on checkpoint inhibitors and CART from the AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets meeting - a lot of exciting possibilities are emerging!

October 25, 2013

ECCO Day 3: Update on alectinib, PD-L1, PI3K and MEK

Update on ALK (alectinib), PD-L1 (MEDI4736), PI3K (GDC-0980 and BKM120) and MEK (trametinib) inhibitors in solid tumours

September 30, 2013
ECCO 2013 Conference Amsterdam

A top line look at the PD-1 and PD-L1 abstracts at ECCO 2013

A quick review of the check point immunotherapy abstracts from #ECC2013 in Amsterdam.

September 19, 2013
With permission from Dr Wolchok

How new approaches in targeted immunotherapy with anti-PD-1 and PD-L1 may change cancer research

Overview of anti-PD-1 and PD-L1 immunotherapies plus ASCO 2013 data in melanoma and lung cancer.

September 18, 2013
ASH 2012 Ernest Beutler Lecture

ASH 2012: CTL019 chimeric antigen receptor technology emerging as a new leukemia treatment

For many attendees, the most exciting news at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) held last December in Atlanta was the prospect of personalized T cell therapy for the treatment of patients with B cell cancers such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

January 15, 2013