Atlanta – it’s day 2 of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting here in a chilly and snowy Atlanta.
I have to confess snow is not something we normally associate with southern States such as Georgia, but a cold snap has taken it’s toll on the ASH meeting, with many presentations cancelled as a result of travel delays.
Sunday at ASH is well known for the plenary session that takes place in the afternoon, but what else is hot at the meeting today? We’ve been talking to thought leaders, spending time in the vast poster hall and hearing some oral abstracts. There’s been been a surprising amount going on today at ASH in Atlanta.
If you are at ASH then you’ll know that all the sessions end at the same time, resulting in a massive movement of people as they go to the next session, as we saw today:
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San Francisco – do you want to know the difference between Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma? Do you want to know what my top 10 abstracts are in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and aggressive lymphomas that discuss promising new agents in development? Which of these abstracts should have been a plenary at the meeting?
If the answer is “Yes” to the above, then this blog post is for you!
When I consider what is worthy of a plenary presentation at a meeting like ASH, I think back to the Gleevec phase 1 data presented at ASH in 1999 when I was in Novartis Oncology New Products. It’s data that makes you go WOW!, is transformative or has the potential to change the field. That’s what Gleevec did in CML.
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