It occurred to me after several such events this year that virtual meetings create a very different pattern for spectators from live events where we all dash from one hall to another trying to optimise the viewing experience and catch as many key talks as we can.
Instead of the annual rugby scrum in the ASCO poster halls, we can imagine ourselves in an entirely different world with social distancing virtually
Many people will no doubt be eager to listen to the various oral presentations of phase 3 data come Friday morning, while the poor posters may well languish until some undetermined time later, so why not take a step back and highlight some of the early work in developmental therapeutics ahead of time?
In the final part of our ASCO Preview series, we offer our independent take and candid commentary on ten abstracts in developmental therapeutics to watch out for.
A word of warning – we don’t take a particular perspective through the lens of rose tinted glasses, so not all the analyses are positive and there are some firm words against some of the selections regarding continued development or the researchers conclusions/recommendations.
Some of these are agents in early development, some are biomarkers or even emerging trends, but all are intriguing in their own unique fashion.
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It is becoming increasing obvious in these challenging times as the pandemic spreads globally that no corner of the earth (except perhaps the Antartica) is being left untouched. As lockdowns begin or continue depending the phase the spread is at, this also has numerous implications for clinical trials, both academic and company funded studies alike.
Which direction should we be considering for early anti-cancer therapeutics?
One of the broader effects of the coronavirus pandemic likely means we won’t see much new data on many of the clinical trials after the currently scheduled presentations for AACR, ASCO, ESMO and ASH for a while yet, perhaps well in to 2021, which in turn is a strong reminder if we want to see how much progress is being made then we need to look at what data is available now.
I can well imagine many folks are already completely Zoomed or WebExed out from constant online meetings dealing with the implications of the pandemic on research and clinical development, as well as what happens to new and existing trials, so the idea of listening to two days of a virtual meeting on top is probably a bit daunting for the time-challenged observers amongst you.
AACR’s virtual meeting is a wonderful opportunity for smart folks to take some careful snapshots of where we are now, and how some of the early pipeline agents are shaping up.
The good news is we while your online internal meetings continue apace, we will be posting many reviews, summaries, discussion and analysis of the data here on BSB, hopefully sparing many of the additional stress in busy times. We plan to make the process of analysis and commentary relatively easy so you can follow along with us.
For reference, you can access all of our ongoing AACR20 conference coverage here. Future posts will also be added to this magazine page as they are posted.
In our fourth AACR Preview series, we take a keen look at some additional early products in development of interest, as we continue our updates on the never ending oncology R&D journey.
We highlight 10 emerging agents in early stage development to watch out for…some are new and others we previously reviewed preclinically and have moved along in their R&D journey into the clinic, with good and bad results to think about.
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4th CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR meeting in NYC
The next conference we plan on attending will be the 4th CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR meeting in New York starting on Sun 30th Sept.
Having been to the 3rd annual event in Mainz meeting last Fall, I have to say it was absolutely fantastic and well organised, with plenty of researchers giving some excellent science based talks. There was also a heavy focus on neoantigens and neoepitopes in the poster halls, making it a good place to learn from up and coming young European researchers keen to share and discuss their work.
To find out what’s in store this time around on US soil, we took a look at the program and came up with the first of our previews exploring some interesting topics…
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Will there be a whirlwind of new targets emerging?
It’s time to get back to basics – and also our roots – with a look at potential new targets and approaches that could emerge in the future.
Successful oncology new product development isn’t about the latest shiny new thing that’s in fashion, or everyone is following now, but is much more about the long term game of understanding the biology of disease, finding the gaps (opportunities) and developing new compounds faster than everyone else.
If truly we want to create blue ocean strategies then it begins with the science and builds out from there.
On the slate today we have four areas of interest that could yield new products or indications in the future.
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After exploring a mechanistic approach and a tumour type as part of our AACR annual meeting coverage, in our third preview today we turn to look at a novel target.
This particular target hasn’t received much attention at all but this could well change in the future as some of the compounds move into the clinic.
There are a few important questions to consider:
- Who’s going to be first to evaluate in humans?
- Which tumour types will be optimal?
- Which combinations are likely to be synergistic, tolerable and effective?
- What path to market strategies will avoid the enrollment problems now that checkpoint blockade is becoming much more ubiquitous?
This is an interesting niche that may well evolve into a competitive landscape going forward.
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