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
Downtown Disney Rocket

Why do some FLT3 inhibitors work in AML and some don’t?

A look at the FLT3 AML landscape - what's new?

November 19, 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
ASH 2014 San Francisco

Preview of ASH15 Late Breaking Abstracts

Preview of some of the late-breaking abstracts at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology ASH15 in Orlando.

November 16, 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
Tagrisso 80mg

AstraZeneca’s AZD9291 osimertinib is approved as Tagrisso

AstraZeneca's AZD9291 was approved by the FDA in EGFR T90M mutation positive lung cancer today and is now known as osimertinib or Tagrisso.

November 13, 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
ECCO Vienna 2015

Is there a biomarker for cetuximab in colon cancer?

Finding a biomarker for EGFR monoclonal antibodies in colon cancer has proven elusive but things may be a-changin'...

October 22, 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
Austria Schnaps

New oncology targets emerge from ECC 2015 – Part 1

Some promising new clinical targets emerged at ECC in Vienna, including DLL3 in SCLC, TRK gene rearrangements, Notch3 and PTK7. What did we think of the data and what issues should you look out for?

October 19, 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
Cindy Chew 9/5/11Hauser

Is ocrelizumab a game changer in MS?

At the 2015 European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) meeting Barcelona on Friday, Dr Stephen Hauser (UCSF) presented the data for octrelizumab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, on behalf of the investigators in the OPERA trial.

October 11, 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 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
NEJM 2015 Hyman

The value of BRAF targeted cancer therapies in lung and colorectal cancer

The role of basket trials in small cancer subsets will be important to defining what targeted therapies work well...

August 20, 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
Holland Park Duck

Will venetoclax impact acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Some interesting potential new therapeutic approaches on the horizon in pediatric ALL - beyond CAR T cell therapies lie Bcl2 inhibitors

July 27, 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
Kings College Cambridge

Biotech Strategy questions answered on BRAF, MEK, immunotherapy, mirvetuximab soravtansine and venetoclax

This month's Biotech Strategy Blog mail bag.

July 17, 2015
Cambridge Punting

AstraZeneca take a punt on immuno-oncology

Interview with Dr Rob Iannone of AstraZeneca on their IO pipeline

July 15, 2015
Kyoto Garden Holland Park

Update on resistance and transformation in lung cancer

As we learn more about mechanisms of resistance in ALK+ and T790M mutated lung cancer, combination strategies are likely to evolve - but which ones?

July 9, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 9.50.04 AM

Has AZD9291 been filed for T790M+ lung cancer?

Clovis have started their rolling NDA for rociletinib in T790M-positive lung cancer - what about AstraZeneca's AZD9291?

July 6, 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

ASCO 2015 Review of New Developments in Sarcoma

What's hot in soft tissue sarcomas at ASCO 2015? Find out more...

June 22, 2015
Chicago City View

Biotech Strategy questions answered on neratinib, bavituximab, enzalutamide and more!

Insights on targeted therapies from ASCO - questions from subs on neratinib, bavituximab, enzalutamide, Gilead's pipeline and MDSCs...

June 17, 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
AACR15 Delegates

Targeting MYC – the undruggable protein – or is it?

Targeting MYC and bromodomains is an emerging area of research as we learn more about super enhancer transcription factor clusters around oncogenes that drive cancer.

May 26, 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

Enzalutamide blows Bicalutamide out of the water in STRIVE trial at AUA15

At AUA 2015 in New Orleans, Dr Celestia Higano (Seattle) presented the results of the STRIVE clinical trial.

May 17, 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
Reading Market Philly Chocolate Tower

Are targeted therapies now a thing of the past in the immunotherapy era?

New developments in T790M and ALK lung cancer plus a look at antibodies targeting ADAM17 in head & neck cancer.

April 27, 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
Fireworks over River Thames

AZD9291 EGFR T790M NSCLC data at European Lung shows longer PFS

Updated data for the AURA phase 1 trial of AZD9291 was presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva.

April 17, 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
Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 5.26.55 AM

EAU 2015 Update on enzalutamide PREVAIL trial in advanced prostate cancer

Update in the PREVAIL trial in chemotherapy naive castrate resistant prostate cancer based on 765 deaths from the 2015 EAU conference in Madrid.

March 24, 2015
EAU 2015 Madrid Congress

Impact of TERRAIN trial on European Prostate Cancer treatment landscape #EAU15

The results of the TERRAIN prostate cancer clinical trial data were presented at the 2015 European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Madrid today.

March 24, 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
Birmingham Moor Street

ASCO GU 2015 Preview

What's hot at ASCU GU 2015? Focus on prostate and bladder cancers with checkpoint inhibitors and sequencing therapies

February 26, 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

Is AR-V7 a useful predictive biomarker in advanced prostate cancer

The ongoing story of the AR-V7 splice variant as a potential biomarker of response in mCRPC

February 23, 2015
Picton Library

Overcoming acquired resistance to EGFR therapies in colorectal cancer

Which new combinations could improve outcomes for colon cancer patients receiving EGFR therapies by overcoming acquired resistance?

February 19, 2015
Hastings Sea

Molecular Characterisation of Colorectal Cancer

We've seen very little real progress in colorectal cancer beyond incremental improvements since Erbitux and Avastin were approved a decade ago. Are we on the threshold of a new paradigm shift?

February 17, 2015
Sunset over Wirral

Overcoming acquired resistance to BRAF in colorectal cancer

Patients with BRAF driven colon cancer don't do as well as those with melanoma: how can we overcome acquired resistance to RAF treatment?

February 13, 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
Venetoclax GDC-0199 MOA

Will venetoclax impact in hematologic malignancies

ABT-199 is now known as venetoclax - has it overcome it's checkered history to get back on track?

February 4, 2015
Clovis JPM15 T790M Negative Data

Potential of Rociletinib in T790M negative NSCLC

Clovis have observed responses in T790M positive AND negative lung cancer with rociletinib - implications for the commercial opportunity are discussed in this post.

January 28, 2015
Sefton Park Man with Dog

Enzalutamide beats bicalutamide in advanced prostate cancer

The Phase 2 TERRAIN trial met its primary endpoint (PFS) with enzalutamide beating out bicalutamide in castrate resistant prostate cancer. What next?

January 22, 2015
Boston Charles River

Yumanity hopes to impact humanity – an interview with Dr Susan Lindquist

Yumanity seeks to transform drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases caused by protein misfolding.

January 21, 2015
ASCO GI 2015 San Francisco Fishermans Wharf

Precision medicine in advanced colorectal cancer

If we truly want to see a more precision medicine approach evolve then we have to first find the oncogenic drivers. At ASCO GI one study in particular caught my eye and attention, but you won’t find it written up in the medical lay press and it’s not that obvious unless you know what you’re looking for.

January 20, 2015
Syros Website Screenshot

How Syros are changing biotech R&D

Transcription factors are becoming a new buzzword in cancer research - why are they important for drug development?

January 15, 2015
Liverpool waterfront

bluebird bio CEO Nick Leschly seeks to make hope a reality

Bluebird bio is an emerging biotech company with a novel lentiglobin gene therapy in development that could revolutionize the treatment of beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

January 14, 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

Will Bluebird Bio transform beta Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Anemia?

There is no available cure for patients with beta-thalassemia or sickle cell disease, but new developments are very encouraging

January 12, 2015
San Antonio Texas

Biomarin PARP inhibitor talazoparib shows promise in gBRCA Breast Cancer

Biomarin have a good shot on goal with their PARP inhibitor talazoparib in gBRCA breast cancer

January 9, 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
Texas State Flag San Antonio

SABCS Update on Triple Negative Breast Cancer

In the last post of 2014, it’s time to address some pertinent questions on triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).

December 19, 2014
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 Cable Car Dec 2014

Top 10 AML abstracts at ASH 2014

There are a lot of new products in development for AML. Here's my top 10 abstracts to watch out for at ASH 2014 in San Francisco.

December 4, 2014
ASH 2014 San Francisco

ASH 2014 Hodgkins Lymphoma and DLBCL Preview

Preview of ASH 2014 Key Abstracts in Lymphomas including HL and aggressive DLBCL

December 3, 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
Maverick Canal Barge

EORTC Molecular Targets – new developments in Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer has lagged behind other solid tumours in terms of development, but this situation may soon change with promising new agents being developed

November 19, 2014

Rociletinib versus AZD9291 race to market heats up in T790M lung cancer at EORTC

Clovis present their Phase 2 data with the new rociletinib formulation at EORTC-AACR-NCI in Barcelona

November 19, 2014
Chocolate Rabbits

Agios IDH1 Inhibitor AG-120 shows promise in AML $AGIO

Agios AG-120 IDH1 Inhibitor shows promise in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) according to data to be presented at the EORTC-AACR-NCI Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Symposium in Barcelona

November 18, 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
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 Poster Viewing

ESMO Posters Highlight New Cancer Drugs in Development

Posters on new cancer drugs in development with novel targets were presented at ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid.

October 15, 2014
ESMO 2014 CRC Symposium

New drug targets may change Colorectal Cancer Landscape

Advances in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer may come from new druggable targets according to ESMO 2014 CRC Symposium

October 13, 2014
ESMO 2014 Madrid Audience

ESMO 2014: Update on the ALK lung cancer market

How is the ALK+ lung cancer market developing now that there are multiple next generation competitors following on from Xalkori and Zykadia? Check out our analysis of the developing landscape...

October 9, 2014
ESMO 2014 Dr Taplin Galeterone ARMOR2 Presentation

Did Galeterone ARMOR2 Prostate Cancer Data Impress at ESMO 2014?

At ESMO 2014 Mary-Ellen Taplin, MD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) presented the results of the Tokai Pharmaceuticals ARMOR2 clinical trial of galeterone in men with advanced prostate cancer.

October 3, 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
Tall Ships colour

ESMO 2014 Preview on Breast Cancer

Preview of some important breast cancer trials being presented in Madrid at #ESMO14.

September 10, 2014
Deckchairs Regents Park

What’s hot in Melanoma at ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress? #ESMO14

With the recent FDA approval of Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) we can expect melanoma to be a hot topic at ESMO 2014.

September 5, 2014
London Changing Guard

What’s hot in prostate cancer at ESMO 2014? #ESMO14

Preview of Prostate Cancer oral presentations at ESMO 2014 Cancer Congress in Madrid.

September 2, 2014
Shard London Waterfront

ESMO 2014 Congress Plenary Preview #ESMO14

Review of the preliminary programme and late breakers in the Presidential Symposia at ESMO 2014.

August 28, 2014
ASCO 2014 Response Rate Schwarz Discussant

Beyond Response and Progression in Cancer Clinical Trials

To get more cancer therapies to the right patients faster, we need to find better surrogate markers or biomarkers of response that are inextricably linked to survival.

August 20, 2014
Hastings Fishing Boat

Carfilzomib fails in refractory myeloma FOCUS trial

Amgen's phase III FOCUS trial of carfilzomib (Kyprolis) in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma failed to meet its primary endpoint of overall survival.

August 14, 2014
Pirate Flag

Update on potential of Galeterone in Prostate Cancer $TKAI

Tokai Pharmaceuticals ($TKAI) have filed plans for a $75M IPO, largely based on the potential of their phase 2 prostate cancer compound, galeterone. What is the prostate cancer market opportunity for $TKAI?

August 13, 2014
ASCO Chicago 2014 MM

Impact of Kyprolis ASPIRE Trial on Multiple Myeloma Market

Amgen announced the results of the phase III ASPIRE clinical trial for Kyprolis. What impact will this data have on the multiple myeloma landscape?

August 6, 2014
Stand out from Crowd

Which therapies will stand out in the CLL market?

New CLL therapies that stand out in a rapidly changing CLL landscape include obinutuzumab (Gazyva), ibrutinib (Imbruvica) idelalisib (Zydelig), ABT-199/GDC-0199 and CTL019.

July 30, 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
Another Place

ASCO 2014 Update on the AML landscape

There are a number of new targets, therapies and approaches in AML being investigated but which ones look most promising in this challenging landscape?

July 17, 2014
ABT-199 single agent in R/R CLL from ASCO 2014 Abstract 7015 Source: Roche

ASCO 2014 Will ABT-199 change the CLL landscape?

After a few setbacks in clinical development, some solid data is emerging with AbbVie/Genentech's ABT-199/GDC-0199 in CLL. Some more mature data at ASCO was very encouraging...

July 14, 2014
ASCO 2014 Chicago Contemplation

ASCO 2014 New horizons in DLBCL and aggressive lymphomas

Diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL) are an aggressive subset of non-Hodgkins lymphomas that generally have a poor prognosis and a high unmet medical need. There is a raft of promising new therapies being evaluated for treatment.

July 9, 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
ASCO 2014 The Bean Chicago

ASCO 2014 blinatumomab in B cell ALL

Initial phase 2 data for Amgen's blinatumomab in B cell ALL looked encouraging 2 years ago but has it held up over time?

July 1, 2014
ASCO 2014 Meeting Logo

ASCO 2014 Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma DLBCL Progress

Several new agents in development emerged for the treatment of aggressive NHL (DLBCL and FL), including SGN-CD19A, polatuzumab vedotin and pinatuzumab vedotin.

June 30, 2014
ASCO 2014 General Poster Hall

ASCO 2014 Gems from Poster Hall part 2

A review of poster data at ASCO 2014 for new drugs from new cancer drugs from $CLDX, $OMED & NuCana BioMed.

June 27, 2014
ASCO 2014 Poster Hall

Gems from the ASCO 2014 Poster Hall – Part 1

Selection of some of the many posters that caught our attention. Companies whose products are mentioned include: $EXEL, $RHHBY, $XLRN, $MRK

June 24, 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
ASCO 2014 Poster Hall

ASCO 2014 What do oncologists think of PARP inhibitors?

With the intense focus on immino-oncology, are targeted agents passe now?

June 11, 2014
View of downtown Chicago

A potential new target for prostate cancer drug development

A predictive biomarker for resistance to treatment by enzalutamide and abiraterone may lead to new prostate cancer drug development opportunities.

June 9, 2014
Clovis CO-1686 ASCO 2014

Why Clovis CO-1686 was not an ASCO 2014 loser

Clovis Oncology CO-1686 is in competition with AstraZeneca's AZD9291, but was it really a "loser" at ASCO 2014 as many think it was?

June 6, 2014
ASCO 2014 Arie Crown

ASCO 2014 Day 5 Live Blog #ASCO14

Final day at ASCO 2014 - what are the diehards listening to this morning?

June 3, 2014
Bertrand Tombal ASCO 2014

ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting Live Blog Day 4 #ASCO14

Live blog with commentary on Day 4 of the ASCO 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.

June 2, 2014
ASCO 2014 Poster Hall

ASCO 2014 Meeting Day 3 Live Blog #ASCO14

Live blog with updates from Day 3 at ASCO 2014

June 1, 2014
View of Chicago

ASCO 2014 Day 2 Live Blog #ASCO14

Live Blog from Day 2 of ASCO 2014 in Chicago.

May 31, 2014
ASCO 2014 View of Lake Michigan

ASCO 2014 Chicago Day 1 Blog #ASCO14

Coverage of day 1 at ASCO 2014 with commentary on some of the poster highlights.

May 30, 2014
ASCO 2011 #BlisterWalk

ASCO 2014 CLL and iNHL Preview #ASCO14

Update on the top drugs in CLL including ibrutinib, obinutuzumab, idelalisib, ABT-199, GS-9973, ONO-4059, CTL019, TAK659, IPI-145, cerdulatinib and others.

May 28, 2014
Panobinostat, a deacteylase inhibitor from Novartis

ASCO 2014 Multiple Myeloma Preview #ASCO14

Highlights in multiple myeloma at ASCO include drugs with a different mechanism of action eg panobinostat, daratumumab and elotuzumab, #ASCO14

May 27, 2014
PREVAIL trial design - With permission from Medivation and Astellas

Insights on the enzalutamide PREVAIL data pre-chemotherapy in advanced prostate cancer

Medivation and Astellas provided an update at AUA 2014 on the Xtandi PREVAIL data with a breakdown for visceral and non-visceral disease.

May 19, 2014
Orlando AUA 2014

AUA 2014 – New targets in prostate cancer

New targets are emerging in advanced prostate cancer that may help improve outcomes and overcome adaptive resistance

May 18, 2014
View of Chicago and the Bean

ASCO 2014 Preview #1: When triple combinations make sense

How we could overcome resistance to BRAF inhibitors in colon cancer with a triple combination approach

May 15, 2014
Source: Dr K Flaherty

Bench to bedside and back again with BRAF and NRAS mutant cancers

Can we improve responses to Zelboraf in advanced melanoma? The answer is a startling yes.

May 6, 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
PSA Changes with ODM-201 courtesy of Orion Pharma

AACR 2014: Review of novel targeted approaches in lung and prostate cancers

Overcoming acquired resistance to therapy is a major focus in lung and prostate cancers. Check out the new developments from AACR.

April 22, 2014
IDH2 and the Krebs cycle Source: Yang et al., 2012

Promising new targeted cancer agents emerge at AACR 2014

Exciting new data was seen at AACR this year, including a novel ADC with a new target in melanoma, a metabolic target and understanding adaptive resistance to PI3K in breast cancer.

April 17, 2014
Source: Qiagen

Next generation FGFR inhibitors are early but promising in selected cancers

After disappointing results from FGFR inhibitors brivanib and dovitinib, can the next generation compounds overcome scepticism and offer better efficacy?

April 16, 2014
immune checkpoints

Insights from AACR on immunotherapy and checkpoint inhibitors

Immunotherapy is coming of age despite the chequered history in the past with vaccines. In part 1 we explore the state of play in lung cancer.

April 15, 2014
Rick Young at AACR 2014

Super Enhancers – what are they and why do they matter in cancer research?

Understanding the regulatory circuitry that controls cell state and differentiation may turn out to be groundbreaking research that changes the way we think about targeting and treating cancer.

April 14, 2014
sunrise over san diego

Pfizer’s palbociclib data in ER+ breast cancer – hit or miss?

Pfizer's palbociclib showed promising survival data at the AACR annual meeting this weekend, but is it enough to garner approval on the basis of the phase II data?

April 8, 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

Novel targets and approaches in triple negative breast cancer

What are the new targets and drug combinations that are emerging in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)? find out more about the promising developments in this field.

April 1, 2014
Clovis Oncology CO-1686 ELCC 2014

AACR 2014 Preview: Novel targets and approaches

Review of some interesting cancer pipeline drugs at AACR 2014 including TKIs and ADC therapies.

March 27, 2014
mtor pathway

What can we learn from exceptional responders in cancer trials?

Following on from yesterday’s post on the potential for small basket trials in ER+ breast cancer with…

March 26, 2014
Source: Nature

Do ESR1 mutations drive endocrine resistance during the progression of ER+ breast cancer?

Today brings the launch of our series on the AACR annual meeting Previews.  A variety of different…

March 25, 2014
AACR MT Boston

Update on overcoming resistance in metastatic melanoma

What new clinical approaches are being investigated to overcome resistance in melanoma?

March 20, 2014
CDK4/6 inhibition - Source: Lilly

CDK inhibitors: will palbociclib and LEE011 make it to market in breast cancer?

Cell cycle inhibitors have been shown to have utility in cancer treatment. A new subclass is emerging to target CDK4/6 with more specificity and less toxicity.

March 19, 2014
ISPY2 trial plan

On neratinib in neoadjuvant breast cancer

Puma Biotech are expected to present the neoadjuvant data from ISPY2 for their pan HER inhibitor, neratinib, so what's the deal?

March 14, 2014
south pointe

MBCC: Will NGS change the way we treat metastatic breast cancer?

Dr Debu Tripathy presented one of the highlights of the MBCC conference - how we can use genomics to improve clinical trials in TNBC and MBC.

March 13, 2014

MBCC: Changing the way we approach advanced breast cancer

Can therapy for advanced breast cancer be individualized using proteomics and genomics data?

March 12, 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
MET Pathway

MetMab fails in phase III advanced lung cancer trial

Nearly 4 years on from the original phase 2 data at ESMO, and we learn that MetMab (onartuzumab) did not meet it's endpoint in the interim analysis of lung cancer patients with MET expression.

March 3, 2014
Logo of American Society of Hematology

ASH 2013: Is carfilzomib associated with increased cardiovascular events?

There has been much debate about the cardiovascular risks associated with proteasome inhibitors in multiple myeloma, but what does the data show? A synopsis of the ASH 2013 data and what we can learn in the future...

February 14, 2014
Bertrand Tombal ASCO GU 2013

ASCO GU 2014: Will there be a market for Medivation’s enzalutamide in M0 prostate cancer?

The new race to market in advanced prostate cancer is in the M0 asymptomatic space. Several AR antagonists are competing to run trials here but will they lead to men living longer or not?

February 10, 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
Andrew Armstrong ASCO GU Title Slide

ASCO GU 2014 Beyond Enzalutamide and Abiraterone – What’s Next?

Cross resistance between enzalutamide and abiraterone means that new prostate cancer drugs and targets are needed.

January 31, 2014
San Francisco Coit Tower

ASCO GU 2014: Will Galeterone make it to market in Prostate Cancer?

At ASCO GU 2014 Tokai Pharmaceuticals report data for the ARMOR2 trial with reformulated galeterone (TOK-001) in men with prostate cancer. Is this drug likely to make it to market?

January 30, 2014

ASCO GU Interview with Dr Tom Beer on Medivation PREVAIL trial data

Enzalutamide significantly decreases the risk of death and delays progression in the PREVAIL trial

January 28, 2014
San Francisco Embarcadero

ASCO GU 2014: Why does the Medivation PREVAIL trial matter?

At ASCO GU this week, the clinical data will be presented for the Medivation/Astellas PREVAIL phase III clinical trial of enzalutamide (Xtandi) in men with advanced prostate cancer prior to chemotherapy. The results of this trial not only have important commercial implications for Medivation/Astellas but for competitors in the prostate cancer market.

January 27, 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
Clovis Oncology JPM 2014

Update on CO-1686 and AZD9291 race to market in T790M NSCLC

Update from JP Morgan Healthcare 2014 on Clovis Oncology and AstraZeneca race to market with new drugs for treatment of T790M positive non-small cell lung cancer.

January 15, 2014

Can Agios score a winner with their anti-cancer metabolism molecules?

Agios Pharmaceuticals is focused on developing new therapies that target mutations in cancer metabolism, including IDH 1 and 2 for AML and Glioblastoma. Will they be successful despite the huge complexity involved in the underlying processes?

January 13, 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
Foundation Medicine ASH 2013

Insights on Foundation Medicine and how molecular testing will transform cancer research

Increasingly, we are seeing the evolution of diagnostic tests in cancer research. Foundation Medicine are using their gene sequencing platform to identify actionable mutations and assist oncologists make better treatment decisions for their patients.

January 8, 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
EXEL Share Price Jan 6 2014

Will Exelixis Cabozantinib COMET-1 prostate cancer trial be positive?

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). Cabozantinib has been shown to significantly improve bone scans and decrease pain, but will it show an improvement in OS?

January 6, 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
San Francisco ASCO GI Cancer Symposium 2013

ASCO GI 2014 Preview: Pancreatic and Gastric Cancer

Preview of some of the key data being presented at ASCO GI in San Francisco this month.

January 3, 2014
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

ASCO GU 2014 Prostate Cancer Preview #GU14

ASCO GU symposium takes place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis from Jan 20 – February 1, 2014. This preview discusses data to be presented on enzalutamide (Xtandi), abiraterone (Zytiga), ODM-201, ARN-509, ipilimumab (Yervoy).

December 30, 2013
ASH 2013 Poster Hall

ASH 2013 – gems from the poster halls

There are some 5,000 abstarcts at ASH, many of them posters - what were the interesting nuggets this year?

December 18, 2013
BCR Signaling

ASH 2013: New BTK Inhibitor ONO-4059 shows early promise in CLL – is it a future competitor to ibrutinib?

BTK inhibition in the B cell receptor (BCR) pathway has been an exciting area of development over the last couple of years. What do the new competitors entering this space look like?

December 17, 2013

Winners and Losers in CLL at American Society of Hematology

There was a wealth of new data in CLL at ASH but which companies or drugs were the winners and losers in New Orleans? Find out...

December 16, 2013
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
The Alamo San Antonio

AbbVie’s PARP inhibitor veliparib is highly active in triple negative breast cancer

The first readout from the I-SPY2 neoadjuvant breast cancer trial comes from the veliparib (PARP) arm.

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
San Antonio River Walk

What to watch for at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

A preview of some of the landmark trial data emerging from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

December 11, 2013
ASH 2013 Annual Meeting

ASH 2013 Novel Treatments for CLL – notes from the road

One of the most interesting oral sessions at ASH 2013 took place on the last day and featured data on novel treatments for CLL. Data was presented on ABT-199, dinaciclib and the CAR-modified T-cell therapies in development by Novartis & Juno Therapeutics.

December 11, 2013
ASH 2013 Lymphoma Session

ASH 2013 Novel Agents in Lymphoma – notes from the road

At ASH 2013 data on novel agents for the treatment of lymphoma was presented. This post discusses data for idelalisib in iNHL, SAR245409 in R/R Follicular Lymphoma and BAY-BAY 80-6946 (copanlisib).

December 9, 2013
ASH 2013 Letai

ASH 2013 BH3 profiling identifies new targets for Bcl-2 inhibitors

ABT-199 has activity in CLL, but what about other tumor types? Check out this post to find out about a new target with potential.

December 8, 2013
ASH 2013 Susan O'Brien CLL CME

ASH 2013 New Horizons in CLL – notes from the road

With many new therapies emerging for the treatment of CLL, what criteria can physicians use to decide which therapy to give a patient?

December 7, 2013
NVS Panobinostat

Panobinostat may change Multiple Myeloma Competitive Landscape

Novartis announced this morning that their novel pan-HDAC inhibitor, panobinostat (LBH589) in combination with bortezomib (Velcade) and dexamethasone significantly prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) of patients with Multiple Myeloma in the phase III PANORAMA-1 trial.

December 6, 2013
ASH Seattle Genetics Balloons

ASH 2013 Preview: quick note on non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphomas

Will the B cell signaling drugs work in NHL as well as CLL? What of Adcetris in front-line HL?

December 6, 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
Sunset Miami Beach

ASH 2013 Preview – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

A review of the upcoming CLL data from the American Society of Hematology ASH meeting.

December 2, 2013
myeloid cells, Source: Wikipedia

ASH 2013 Multiple Myeloma Preview

Comprehensive preview of the new developments in multiple myeloma from ASH 2013.

November 25, 2013
Fall NYC Central Park

FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation Benefits – part 2 of an interview with John Jenkins

FDA Office of New Drugs Director John Jenkins discusses the benefits of the Breakthrough Therapy designation and some of the challenges the agency faces in administering it.

November 26, 2013
Washington DC Fall Colors

Understanding the Breakthrough Therapy Designation – Part 1 of an interview with FDA New Drugs Director John Jenkins

John K. Jenkins, MD, Director of the Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA offers a senior management perspective on what is a breakthrough?

November 15, 2013
ASH 2012 Atlanta meeting

ASH 2013 Myelofibrosis Preview

A lot of companies are presenting myelofibrosis data at this year's ASH annual meeting in New Orleans. This preview discusses abstracts for ruxolitinib, INCB039110, momelotinib, fedratinib, BMS-91143, pacritinib, LY2784544, pomalidomide, sonidegib.

November 11, 2013
aacr molecular targets boston 2013

The future of cancer research – Part 2

The huge wealth of research at the AACR-NCI-EORTC Boston conference provided a great learning environment of where future research with TKIs is likely to be heading...

November 6, 2013
Iwakuni Bridge

The future of cancer research – what I learned from the AACR Targets meeting Part 1

The cancer landscape is rapidly changing, in more ways than people realise. Diagnostics are also of increasing importance in helping to decide which therapies patients should receive to optimize treatment.

November 5, 2013
Dr Deepak Sampath, Genentech

Gazyva and ABT-199 in CLL & NHL – an interview with Genentech’s Deepak Sampath

An interview with Dr Deepak Sampath from Genentech on the rational for combining obinutuzumab (GA101) with GDC-0199 (ABT-199) for the treatment of B-cell hematological malignancies such as CLL & non Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).

November 1, 2013
Sydney Opera House Harbor Bridge

AstraZeneca leaps over Clovis with AZD9291 data at World Lung Conference

Data presented at the World Lung Cancer conference in Sydney suggests AstraZeneca AZD9291 is now ahead of Clovis Oncology CO-1686 in the race to bring a third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor to market that targets the T790M resistance mutation.

October 30, 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
Fall Boston Colors

Abraxane kills potential of MLN0264 in pancreatic cancer

Following the FDA approval of Abraxane, MLN0264, a novel ADC targeting GCC, may no longer have potential as a therapeutic in pancreatic cancer.

October 21, 2013
Charles River Boston October 2013

AstraZeneca ramps up AZD9291 lung cancer clinical development

At the AACR-EORTC-NCI Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics conference, Susan Galbraith, M.D, Ph.D. Head of the Oncology Innovative Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca discussed the rapid development of AZD9291, a potent and selective third-generation EGFR inhibitor.

October 20, 2013
Boston Charles River October 2013

Pfizer next gen ALK inhibitor PF-06463922 could replace Xalkori

Preclinical data for PF-06463922 (Pfizer), a next generation ALK inhibitor, with potency for all known Crizotinib ALK resistant mutants and ability to cross the blood brain barrier was presented today at the 2013 International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Boston.

October 20, 2013
MIT Koch

A quick preview of the AACR Molecular Targets Conference

Preview of some of the interesting non-embargoed abstracts from the ACCR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets conference in Boston

October 15, 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 Poster Hall

Dr Oliver Sartor shares his thoughts on Prostate Cancer data at ECCO 2013

Dr Oliver Sartor, one of the leading experts in Prostate Cancer shares his thoughts on the prostate cancer data presented at ECCO 2013.

September 30, 2013
BMN 673 waterfall plot in BRCA1/2 breast cancer

ECCO Highlights Day 2: Breast and Ovarian Cancer

The latest data on BioMarin's PARP inhibitor BMN 673 in breast and ovarian cancer from ECCO 2013

September 29, 2013
ECCO 2013 Bikes

ECCO 2013: AZD9291 shows early promise in T790M NSCLC

Promising preliminary phase 1 data for AstraZeneca’s AZD9291 in T790M+ NSCLC presented today at the European Cancer Congress (ECCO 2013) is good news for lung cancer patients.

September 29, 2013
ECCO 2013 Amsterdam

ECCO 2013: Is ODM-201 too late to the prostate cancer party?

At ECCO 2013 in Amsterdam, positive data was presented from the phase 1/2 clinical trial for ODM-201 (Orion) a second generation AR antagonist. In contrast the data for ASP9521 (Astellas), a novel androgen biosynthesis inhibitor was negative.

September 29, 2013
Source: Ariad

ECCO 2013 Notes from the Road – Day 1

Update on ipilimumab, AP26113, T-DM1, everolimus and others from Day 1 at the 2013 ECCO meeting in Amsterdam.

September 28, 2013
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Preview of key ALK lung cancer abstracts at ECCO 2013

Review of the key abstracts in EML4-ALK lung cancer abstracts being presented at ECCO 2013 in Amsterdam.

September 23, 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
Ibrutinib Pharmacyclics ASH 2012

Ibrutinib leads the race to CLL 17p deletion market

Earlier this month, Janssen/Pharmacyclics announced they had submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for FDA approval of ibrutinib, an oral Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor (BTK) in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) for the treatment of patients with a deletion of the short arm of chromosome 17 (del17p). Approval later this year or in early 2014 is highly likely given that ibrutinib has already been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the FDA.

July 29, 2013
Takeda Orternel Press Release

Orteronel (TAK-700) fails in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Takeda’s orteronel (formerly known as TAK-700) may be on its way to “dog drug heaven” after an interim analysis of the ECM-PC 5 phase 3 clinical trial showed that men with advanced prostate cancer taking the drug did not live significantly longer (HR 0.894, p=0.226) than those taking an inactive placebo.

July 26, 2013
Aragon Pharma Website

JNJ acquisition of Aragon ARN-509 deals a blow to Medivation

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) just announced the acquisition of privately-held Aragon Pharmaceuticals and the rights to ARN-509 a second-generation androgen receptor antagonist that will be a future competitor to Medivation’s Xtandi.

June 17, 2013
Dr-Susan O'Brien

ASCO 2013 Video Interview with Dr Susan O’Brien on CLL new drugs in development

It's exciting times in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) with a lot of new data expected at the forthcoming 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (#ASH13) in New Orleans. At ASCO 2013, Dr Susan O'Brien shared her thoughts on several new CLL drugs in development including ABT-199, ibrutinib, idelalisib, AV-292, obinutuzumab and IP-145.

June 10, 2013
ASCO 2013 Celgene Pancreatic Cancer Sign

ASCO 2013 Abraxane in pancreatic cancer is a welcome new treatment option

At ASCO 2013 the phase III MPACT trial data for Abraxane in pancreatic cancer was presented. This data was first reported at ASCO GI earlier this year. Abraxane in pancreatic cancer is a welcome new treatment option but it is not a major breakthrough that offers a dramatic shift in outcome.

June 7, 2013
ASCO 2013 Annual Meeting

ASCO 2013 Pfizer joins race to develop a Herceptin biosimilar with PF-05280014

At ASCO 2013, there was a lot of interest in a poster on Pfizer's PF-05280014, a potential biosimilar to Herceptin.

June 5, 2013
ASCO 2013 CLL New Treatments

ASCO 2013 CLL Runners and Riders in Race to Market #ASCO13

New clinical data on ibrutinib, obinutuzumab, idelalisib, IPI-145, ABT-199 for the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) will be presented at ASCO 2013.

May 28, 2013

ASCO 2013 Preview Video

ASCO 2013 Preview Video of what's hot at the meeting for cancer new products in immunotherapy, CLL, breast cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer. Includes a MOA of PD-L1.

May 28, 2013
AACR 2013 Annual Meeting Washington DC

AACR 2013 Posters offer Insights into Biotech Drug Development

The poster sessions at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) are not all about mice, and test tubes, but offer insights into biotech drug development, new targets and licensing opportunities.

April 15, 2013
White House Washington DC

AACR 2013 posters show potential new Pfizer cancer drugs

My overriding impression of large cap Pharma R&D from the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was that Novartis and Genentech remain the front-runners in cancer drug development, with Pfizer very much up and coming.

April 12, 2013
AACR 2013 Annual Meeting

AACR 2013 GDC-0032 a next generation PI3K Inhibitor shows early promise in breast cancer

GDC-0032 is a next generation PI3K inhibitor that spares the beta-isoform of PI3K. Genentech hypothesize this may reduce some of the undesired side effects such as effects on metabolism, previously seen with pan PI3K inhibitors such as GDC-0941. At AACR 2013 promising early clinical data was presented for GDC-0032 in PI3KCA mutant cancers, especially breast cancer.

April 8, 2013
Washington Monument Cherry Blossom

AACR 2013 DMUC5754A is a novel agent for Ovarian Cancer

AACR 2013: A late-breaking clinical trial presentation to watch is LB-290: Targeting MUC16 with the Antibody-Drug Conjugate DMUC5754A in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. This data will be presented by Joyce Liu, MD, MPH from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Clinical Trials Symposium on Tuesday, Apr 9 at 4.00 pm.

April 7, 2013
Tokai Poster Title Crop

What is the potential for galeterone in advanced prostate cancer?

Tokai Pharmaceuticals have yet to show the new formulation of galeterone is safe and effective or that men with advanced prostate cancer live longer when taking the drug compared to taking abiraterone or enzalutamide either sequentially, or in combination. While galeterone may offer an innovative mechanism of action, it is too early to say what potential it may have in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

March 6, 2013

Dasatinib fails in Prostate Cancer #GU13

ASCO GU 2013: dasatinib phase 3 clinical trial fails to show any survival benefit in men with advanced prostate cancer when used in combination with docetaxel chemotherapy. However whether there are a subset of advanced prostate cancer patients who might respond to the bone-targeted effects of the drug remains open to question.

February 12, 2013
ASCO GU 2013 takes place in Orlando, Florida.

ASCO GU 2013 Prostate Cancer Preview #GU13

At the ASCO GU 2013 meeting in Orlando, Bristol Myers Squibb will publish the results of the dasatinib (Sprycel) phase 3 prostate cancer trial. New data on abiraterone, alpharadin, ARN-509 and enzalutamide is also expected.

February 1, 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
ASH 2012 Meeting Atlanta

ASH 2012: ABT-199 shows promise in CLL and MCL

ABT-199 is an exciting new agent in development with potential as a new treatment option for CLL & MCL. It is a potent and selective BCL-2 inhibitor that has been engineered not to cause the dose-dependent thrombocytopenia seen with navitoclax.

January 7, 2013
Medivation v University of California IP dispute court docket

Court rules Medivation has no IP rights to Aragon Pharmaceuticals ARN-509 $MDVN

Medivation investors hoping for a windfall will be disappointed to hear that on December 20, 2012 a California judge ruled the company had no rights to what is now known as Aragon Pharmaceuticals ARN-509, a next-generation androgen receptor (AR) antagonist for advanced prostate cancer, similar in chemical structure to enzalutamide (Xtandi)

January 3, 2013
Hagop Kantarjian M.D. presented on CML treatment choices at the 2012 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York

The Evolving CML Market – which drug to give when?

Dr Hagop Kantarjian from The MD Anderson Cancer in Houston discussed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treatment options at the 2012 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York.

November 8, 2012
AB Science Logo

AB Science files for Pancreatic Cancer approval

AB Science has filed for European approval of mastinib in pancreatic cancer with the European Medicines Agency based on data that showed masitinib significantly increased survival in a subset of patients with a novel genetic biomarker. Data will be presented at 2013 ASCO GI symposium.

October 18, 2012
ODM-201 Trial

ESMO 2012 ODM-201 shows promise as a future competitor to enzalutamide

ODM-201 is a second generation androgen-receptor AR antagonist from Orion Pharma in early stages of clinical development.

September 30, 2012
TH-302 ESMO 2012

ESMO 2012: TH-302 Pancreatic Cancer Survival Data Fails to Impress

Results were presented at ESMO 2012 for the TH-CR-404 phase 2 clinical trial that compared the efficacy and safety of TH-302 (Threshold Pharmaceuticals) plus gemicitabine versus gemcitabine alone in patients with untreated advanced pancreatic cancer.

September 30, 2012
ODM-201 Orion Pharma

ESMO 2012: ODM-201 a new generation antiandrogen for advanced prostate cancer

One of the late-breaking abstracts that I am looking forward at the forthcoming annual Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO 2012) in Vienna is on ODM-201, a new prostate cancer drug from Orion Pharma.

September 18, 2012
Early bionic eye prototype drawing - Image courtesy of Bionics Institute

Innovation in Action: helping people to see again

FDA approves first artificial retina prosthesis, the Argus II from Second Sight. This is not a bionic eye. To date, only crude images can be detected. There is no dramatic restoration of sight or vision, instead retinal prostheses currently only offer the ability to detect light and large shapes. Several companies and research groups including Bionic Vision Australia are working on innovative retinal prostheses that aim to restore some vision.

September 17, 2012
ESMO 2012 Congress

ESMO 2012 Vienna Congress Plenary Preview #ESMO12

Preview of late breaking abstracts to be presented in Presidential Symposia at the European Society of Medical Oncology ESMO 2012 Congress in Vienna

September 5, 2012

Using CSF Biomarkers for Differential Diagnosis of Neurological Diseases

Swedish researchers describe how a panel of five cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers allowed the differential diagnosis of common dementia from Parkinsonian disorders.

August 30, 2012
biomarkers-consortium logo

Improving Clinical Trials through the use of Biomarkers

Biomarkers can be used for diagnosis and for monitoring the safety and effectiveness of treatments. They are increasingly becoming important in the selection of patients for clinical trials, and as potential surrogates for clinical endpoints that may take a long time to occur e.g. measuring how long someone will live in a cancer trial (overall survival).

August 29, 2012
Human thyroid  with cancer nodules. 
Photo Credit: Dr Jeffrey Norton/NCI

NEJM reports trial of Veracyte thyroid cancer diagnostic test, is it worth $4,200?

Detecting thyroid cancer early and avoiding unnecessary surgery is the potential promise of a new diagnostic test.

June 28, 2012
Lake Tahoe Pancreatic Cancer Conference

BAY 86-9766 shows early promise at AACR Pancreatic Cancer Conference

A diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer is pretty much a death sentence. There is, therefore, an unmet need for effective new pancreatic cancer treatments.

June 25, 2012
AACR 2012 Annual Meeting Posters Piramal Healthcare

AACR 2012: Promising CML & PI3K compounds from Indian company Piramal Healthcare

Piramal Healthcare presented posters on early-stage drug development compounds, including: P7170, a Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase (PI3K)-mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) and Activin Receptor-Like Kinase 1 (ALK1) inhibitor & P2745, an orally bioavailable molecule effective in imatinib resistant chronic myeloid leukemia cell lines including those with the T315i mutation.

April 24, 2012
Bcl-2 is a signaling pathway for the regulation of apoptosis

AACR 2012: ABT-199 is a new Bcl-2 inhibitor with potential in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

ABT-199, a potent and selective inhibitor of Bcl-2. Steven Elmore from Abbott Laboratories presented impressive early data from an ongoing phase I trial in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

April 20, 2012
Maha Hussain MD

Cabozantinib Mechanism of Action – Part 3 of an interview with Dr Maha Hussain

Dr Hussain discusses the scientific rationale behind the mechanism of action for cabozantinib, a multi-kinase inhibitor of C-MET, VEGF and others.

March 16, 2012

Cabozantinib Prostate Cancer Bone Scans – Part 2 of an interview with Dr Maha Hussain

At the 2011 ASCO annual meeting, Dr Hussain presented data from a non-randomized phase 2 trial with cabozantinib that showed dramatic improvements in bone scans before and after treatment.

March 14, 2012
Image Source: Exelixis

Cabozantinib & Pain in Prostate Cancer – an interview with Dr Maha Hussain

"My average patient is interested in living longer, not just in controlling their pain." Dr Maha Hussain

March 12, 2012
EAU 2012 TAK-700 Orterernol Poster

Update on Orteronel TAK-700 from EAU 2012 Paris #EAU12

Orteronel (TAK-700) is a selective, non-steroidal inhibitor of 17, 20 lyase, a key enzyme involved in the production of androgens such as testosterone. This is a similar mode of action to abiraterone acetate (Zytiga).

February 26, 2012
Oliver Sartor MD Tulane

ASCO GU: radium-233 Alpharadin significantly prolongs time to first Skeletal Related Event

radium-223 in bone-metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer patients (CRPC), not only significantly prolonged time to first skeletal related event (SRE), but significantly prolonged 3 out of the 4 SRE components.

January 31, 2012
Geoffrey Childs, Ph.D

Challenges with Head and Neck Cancer Drug Development

Low-level expression of micro RNA-375 (miR-375) correlated with poor outcome in tumors of HNSCC patients.

January 25, 2012

Preview of ASCO GU 2012 Prostate Cancer Data

My preview of prostate cancer abstracts that caught my attention.

January 20, 2012

Radotinib approved in South Korea for CML

The South Korean equivalent of the FDA have approved radotinib (Il-Yang pharmaceuticals) or chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

January 5, 2012