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Virtual meetings mean we miss the fun of German pop-up sausage stands and focus solely on the new emerging clinical data!

EHA25 Virtual, Not-In-Frankfurt – There’s a lot of commercial interest in CD20 x CD3 bispecifics, and in this post we’re taking a look at some of the latest clinical data presented at recent ASCO and EHA virtual meetings. Companies mentioned include Regeneron, Roche/Genentech, Genmab/Abbvie, Xencor, and IGM Biosciences.

Any analysis of a rapidly evolving and fast-moving landscape only represents a snapshot in time at the point it was taken, and this post is not intended to be a comprehensive landscape report, you’d pay a lot more than a yearly sub to BSB for that, but we’ve been following the field, and there are some trends emerging.

What makes it interesting is there is some nuance required in the interpretation of data, and with that in mind we spoke to an investigator at the forefront of clinical research who has done trials with several of the CD20 x CD3 bispecifics in development; the insights were quite illuminating.

This post offers an update on the CD20 bispecific landscape, analysis of some of the recent data at EHA and ASCO, as well as expert opinion, what more could you ask for?

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ASH19 in Orlando, FL

Orlando: In the second of our ASH19 reports, we offer a comprehensive and in-depth look at important data presented over the weekend where we breakdown some of the key findings or trial readouts, which are likely of interest to many readers given the heightened attention on novel therapeutic approaches.

Whether the hematologic malignancy is myeloma, leukemia, or lymphoma, we have been rather spoiled for choice in selections for hot topics to discuss this year, so the series will likely run all week!

Here’s the second of our detailed ASH notes…

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Friday at #ASH19 – remains of the day or hope springs eternal with sunrise on Saturday morning?

Orlando: The annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology or ASH (Twitter #ASH19) is one of the four key Majors on cancer-related related research meeting circuit that BSB attends each year.

Just as golf has the Masters, the US Open, the Open, and PGA championships, so those on the cancer new product development circuit attend AACR, ASCO, ESMO, and ASH.

This year ASH is in sunny Orlando where you have to compete with the tourists for Uber rides if you want to venture to restaurants or events in the area.

Friday at ASH has traditionally been associated with the satellite symposia, colloquially known as “Super Fridays” that CME companies or organizations such as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society have traditionally run, but in recent years ASH has put on its own Friday events to compete with both the industry satellites and also academic events such as the BMT Winter Workshop we have attended in the past.  More choice is good on one hand, but bad on the other in that something has to give way.

Ron Levy (Stanford) and Stephen Ansell (Mayo) blazed the trail a few years ago with their Friday Scientific Workshop on Tumor Immune Interactions in Lymphoid malignancies. Regular BSB readers may recall the interview at ASH16 with Dr Levy where he reviewed some of the data in that year’s workshop (See post: Targeting the tumour environment in lymphomas.)

This year on Friday at ASH19 there were multiple scientific workshops you could attend. What were some of the presentations that caught our personal attention, what can we learn from them and why did they matter?

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After the snow flurry in Atlanta that induced much panic and minor frustration in equal measure after the trials and tribulations of a tiring travel day with delays and cancellations galore. Then you see attendees waking up to a veritable winter wonderland in the south:

Meanwhile, things soon settled down somewhat and life got back to normal at the American Society of Hematology (ASH), as this quick time lapse that 3NT recorded showed down the main thoroughfare :

It’s time for our annual meeting daily highlights and lowlights because after all, oncology R&D is not a rose tinted garden and thus not every session or compound you highlight pre-conference will turn out as expected and sometimes, there are pleasant surprises that few see coming so you could end up at sixes and sevens if you don’t watch out…

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John P. Leonard, MD is the Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell in New York. He’s a Lymphoma specialist.

Dr John Leonard at ASH16

Like many hematologists, he’s embraced Twitter as way to share his expertise with others in the hematology community. You can follow him at @JohnPLeonardMD.

Over the last couple of years prior to the ASH annual meeting, Dr Leonard has highlighted 10 lymphoma abstracts that caught his attention. You can tell he gets excellent social media pickup by the fact he’s even generated a hashtag to make them easy to find: #Leonardlist and other hematologists generate conversations around his eagerly awaited picks:

In case you missed them on Twitter, and in the spirit of David Letterman, Dr Leonard took me through this year’s #LeonardList and thoughtfully explained in detail why each selection made the cut… for oncology watchers, the why is often more important than the what.

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Hawaii, 2016

One of the most common questions we have received from subscribers in the last 6 months relates to Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: BLCM) and the opportunity for their adjunct T Cell therapy in development for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), BPX–501. This product is given after the transplant and uses genetically modified donor T cells incorporating a CaspaCIDe safety switch.

We first wrote an in-depth piece about Bellicum and BPX-501 back in January 2015 with an interview with their CEO and CMO for those interested in more background (Link).

At the recent 2016 BMT Tandem meeting in Hawaii, we had the opportunity to hear the latest data on trends in haplo-identical (Haplo) bone marrow transplants. This posts reviews some of the data presented and considers the implication of this on the market opportunity for Bellicum.

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ASH 2015 Manic Monday

The #ASH15 wall of people marching to the poster hall just after 5pm

Orlando – it’s Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting, a day I call “Manic Monday” because there are so many simultaneous sessions, you end up running around frazzled, in/out of sessions, in the hope of catching all the presentations of interest.

It’s particularly challenging if you are in a full session — you won’t be able to get back in if you leave — which results in having to make difficult choices on what to see and where to run to.  Some of the myeloma thought leaders were urging colleagues to tweet sessions they couldn’t be in, so “Manic Monday” may be a good time to contribute to the collective ASH Twittersphere.

We’re starting today’s rolling post with my notes from the lymphoma New Drugs session yesterday, then we’ll be updating the blog as the day goes by, as the opportunity permits.

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