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Posts tagged ‘Targets 2019’

Fall in Boston in time for TRIPLE19

Boston – It looks like being RAS week at the AACR-NCI-EORTC Triple meeting aka Targets19. Yesterday we explored the first-in-man data for the Mirati small molecule inhibitor, MRTX849, in KRASG12C mutant cancers that included lung and colon carcinomas.

In terms of aberrant activity in cancer, RAS comes in three different flavours, if you will – KRAS, NRAS, and HRAS.

After plenty of coverage of KRAS (and more yet to come!), it’s now time to turn our attention to a rather different oncogene driver and put HRAS to be in the spotlight.  Here, we offer an updated look at the progress of Kura Oncology’s tipifarnib in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN) and assess the potential opportunity for approval in this setting.

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Boston – One of the most enjoyable things about writing about science and early clinical oncology data is the relationships we build with thought leaders, such that they can be open and honest about their reactions, without them being judged, misinterpreted, or misquoted. We’re on a journey with them, whatever the ups and downs might bring, in a bid to capture the realities of the oncology R&D rollercoaster.

Don’t be fooled by the gloomy Boston weather as a metaphor for data presented at Targets19!

Each story becomes a snapshot in time, a short of ‘Kodak moment’, if you will.

Imagine then, capturing a discussion with a global lung thought leader discussing the initial data from the first-in-man trial with a KRASG12C inhibitor from Mirati (MRTX849) and his experiences in treating people with advanced lung cancer who have the dreaded KRAS mutation, which until recently there were no effective options for.

Thus, we captured the exuberance of seeing objective responses in patients for the first time, “It’s fantastic!” and at the same time qualifying that with a balanced and candidly objective perspective, “it’s still early days.”

Both are true, and not mutually exclusive.

In between these two extremes there is much to think about including understanding the inevitable resistance mechanisms that evolve (primary and secondary), figuring out how to optimize the combination trials as well as reactions to other, seemingly competitive, developments. Our expert in the hot seat today had some rather thought provoking ideas on these important topics to discuss that we wanted to share and stimulate some debate on.

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