The calm before the #ASCO18 storm
Saturday 2nd June was the first day of ASCO for me this year, so continuing our annual tradition, we post a review of the daily highlights and topics or issues that caught our attention.
This can be useful for those of you sidetracked by off-site meetings and unable to actually get to the conference centre to hear talks – yes, it happens, more commonly than many realise!
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It’s Wednesday at the 2017 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and the last full day of the meeting.
It’s also our last day for a rolling blog; we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage and commentary this year.
If you want to catch up on what we’ve written about, do check out our posts form Day 1 (Link) and Day 2 of JPM17 (Link).
Yesterday also included some thoughts on the latest Merck pembrolizumab filing announcement in 1L NSCLC, which has certainly had a dramatic impact on the market, even for big pharma (MRK +$4.9B, BMY -$3.3B).
Companies we’ve covered so far include: Celgene, Incyte, Seattle Genetics, Clovis, Puma, BMS, Five Prime, Nektar, Juno and others.
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The AACR Poster Halls get packed quickly!
It’s time to change direction and take a look at some of the Gems from the Poster Halls at the recent American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting.
One particular abstract that looked interesting related to the Aduro compound, BION–1301, which is a monoclonal antibody targeting the B cell Maturation Antigen and its ligand, A Proliferation Inducing Ligand (BCMA-APRIL) in multiple myeloma.
Increasingly, there has been a lot of clinical interest in the BCMA target, but what about APRIL?
We spoke to one of the scientists involved in the research about this novel agent:
“It is very effective at abrogating the activity of APRIL and, in particular, in our models blocks the growth, survival, drug resistance, migration and adhesion of myeloma cells both in-vitro and in-vivo in our murine models. These models have been predictive for clinical activity of other novel targeted therapies including lenalidomide and bortezomib, and so we think targeting APRIL represents a very promising strategy.”
Sounds pretty good, right?
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ASH 2015 — taken before 7am!
Orlando – a presentation in the plenary session at #ASH15, the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, is the pinnacle of any doctor or researcher working in the hematology field.
Yesterday, we had the privilege to interview Dr Richard Stone (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) ahead of his plenary presentation at ASH:
Abstract 6: The Multi-Kinase Inhibitor Midostaurin (M) Prolongs Survival Compared with Placebo (P) in Combination with Daunorubicin (D)/Cytarabine (C) Induction (ind), High-Dose C Consolidation (consol), and As Maintenance (maint) Therapy in Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Patients (pts) Age 18-60 with FLT3 Mutations (muts): An International Prospective Randomized (rand) P-Controlled Double-Blind Trial (CALGB 10603/RATIFY [Alliance])
Anyone who has been to an ASH education session on AML knows how hard a nut it is to crack, so it’s wonderful to see some positive data, in what is commonly considered to be a “graveyard” disease.
The trial has taken a long time to come to fruition, so all credit to Dr Stone and colleagues. We’ll be writing up more about the data in our post meeting coverage. For additional background, you can also check out our FLT3 preview in AML, which details some of the history and context for this study. The data from the phase 3 study is likely to form the backbone of a registration filing for Novartis with this compound in the near future based on successfully meeting the trial endpoints.
We also kick off today’s highlights with quick reflections on some of the hot topics that emerged yesterday including Bluebird Bio’s lentiglobin, Bellicum’s pipeline and .
During the day, as the opportunity presents, we’ll also be providing commentary on sessions we attend.
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