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Marching Band Changing Guard LondonToday marks a year since we put up a paywall on Biotech Strategy Blog. While we were sorry to have to restrict access in this way, our decision reflects what is happening in the wider digital media arena, it’s simply not possible to go to conferences and generate quality content for free!

It was Warren Buffett who said, “Price is what you pay, value is what you get” and that’s how we feel about charging for access to Premium Content on the blog.

When we put a paywall up on the blog last September, many thought it would not last. All those who bet on its early demise are still waiting 😉

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Year in Review:

Looking back at this year, we’ve covered remotely or on site 10 conferences or scientific meetings:

  • ECCO 2013 (Amsterdam)
  • AACR-EORTC-NCI Molecular Targets (Boston)
  • World Lung (Sydney)
  • ASH 2013 (New Orleans)
  • SABCS (San Antonio)
  • JPM 2014 (San Francisco)
  • ASCO GI (San Franciscso)
  • ASCO GU (San Francisco)
  • Miami Breast
  • AACR 2014 (San Diego)
  • AUA 2014 (Orlando)
  • ASCO 2014 (Chicago)

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Clovis Oncology ($CLVS) is one of the winners at the JPM Morgan Healthcare conference (#JPM14) in San Francisco with a dramatic increase in share price over the past several days.

The presentation by Clovis CEO Patrick Mahaffy laid out an aggressive growth plan for drugs in development such as CO-1686 and was clearly well received by analysts and investors alike.

CO-1686 is a third-generation EGFR inhibitor with early data showing that is effective in many non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who have developed acquired resistance to existing EGFR TKIs.

There are currently no approved treatments for patients who develop a T790 mutation. This unmet medical need offers a sizeable market opportunity as the commercial landscape currently stands.

Clovis, however, are in a race to market with AstraZeneca, who also have an exciting new drug in development, AZD9291.  Preliminary data has shown the agent to also be effective in NSCLC patients with the T790M mutation.

Both companies presented data at the World Lung Conference in Sydney at the end of October last year for their phase 1 trials.

As to which company will get to market first and which product is the best, the race to market is now too close to call and we don’t yet have enough data to compare the merits of the compounds but the JP Morgan Healthcare conference did offer insights.

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AZD9291 AURA Study World LungSydney – 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.

That is the conclusion I took from the updated preliminary phase 1 data for the AURA study of AZD9291 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) presented today at the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Australia.  Clovis Oncology presented updated phase 1 data for CO-1686, their third-generation EGFR inhibitor, in Sydney earlier this week.

EGFR inhibitor resistance occurs in most NSCLC patients within 10-11 months with approx. 50-60% developing a gatekeeper mutation called T790M.

There are no approved treatments for NSCLC patients with T790M mutations, so this unmet medical need represents a large commercial market opportunity.

Why do I think that AstraZeneca are now ahead of Clovis Oncology and what does the World Lung data show for both drugs?

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