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Posts tagged ‘GA101’

Now that the last of the 2013 cancer conference season is finally over, we’re going to run a couple of post meeting summaries this week from ASH as a few subscribers have asked for the Cliff Notes version of what was hot – or not in the context of the market.

New treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) was one of the hot topics at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in New Orleans.

Hot on the heels of Roche’s recent FDA approval for Gazyva (obinutuzumab/GA101) in CLL, other companies in the race to market including:

  • Pharmacyclics and Johnson & Johnson (ibrutinib)
  • Gilead (idelalisib, GS-9973)
  • Infinity (IPI-145)
  • AbbVie and Roche (ABT-199/GDC-0199)
  • Novartis (CTL019).

Here’s my subjective and personal assessment of the winners and losers based on the data presented:

In her annual preview video of what’s hot at ASCO 2013, Sally Church (@Maverickny) discusses several therapeutic areas with new data at the meeting including:

  • Immunotherapy (PD-1, PD-L1, CTLA-4)
  • CLL (GA-101, idelalisib, IPI-145)
  • Breast Cancer (palbociclib, PF-05280014)
  • Lung Cancer (LDK-378, AP26113)
  • Pancreatic Cancer (Abraxane, TH-302)

This video was originally published on Pharma Strategy Blog and includes an edited mechanism of action (MOA) for PD-L1 (courtesy of Roche/Genentech). Several people have since remarked it’s the first time they fully understood what “upregulation” meant.

If you missed the video, it’s well worth watching again in the run up to ASCO 2014.

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