Making waves with new directions – there are many possible ways to go when considering targeting the adenosine axis
As we segue between our AACR and ASCO coverage, one topic that straddles both virtual meetings is targeting the adenosine axis. At AACR19, this pathway was very much front and square with some intriguing and controversial data presented, which caught many people by surprise.
Since then, several companies have opened new trials, others are completing enrollment and waiting for their data to readout before deciding upon next steps.
It’s a good time to take a look at what’s new in this niche and also see things differently through the lens of one company involved in the field. Yes, it’s time to share our latest expert interview from not one, but two, c-suite executives.
What are their perspectives (they are different), where do they see the field going and why?
In part one of the discussion we focus exclusively on adenosine targeting and how they see themselves differentiated from the crowd… it certainly makes for interesting reading!
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Over the years we’ve interviewed folks from numerous pharma and biotech companies here on BSB, including those with targeted therapies (small and large), as well as immunotherapies.
Some companies have small pipelines and may be forced by circumstances to explore what they have or seek collaborations with bigger partners.
For big pharmas with large pockets plus broad and deeper pipelines, the challenge is quite different – how do you prioritise potential combinations and tumour targets given it is impossible to evaluate them all in the clinic? How do you create differential advantage and value when you’re relatively later to market compared to your competitors?
In the BSB spotlight this week we have two researchers in clinical development and R&D from the same company, who happen to have both elements in their pipeline in areas of high competition.
Part one of our latest mini-series explores the IO side of the business as we look ‘Through the Keyhole’ at what’s going on in terms of biomarkers, monotherapy trials, combination studies (both IO-IO and IO-targeted) and what to expect in the near-term future later this year. It’s a wide ranging, candid, and fascinating discussion that highlights a lot of potential in terms of what could happen with a large pipeline.
In all, it makes for rather interesting reading and certainly changed how I perceived the company’s efforts in the IO sphere (for the better, I might add). So what’s fascinating about their approach and what can we learn from their progress to date?
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