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  • Quantitative Measurements Of p95 Protein Expression In Tumors From Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer Treated With Trastuzumab
    Quantitative Measurements Of p95 Protein Expression In Tumors From Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer Treated With Trastuzumab

    Background: Expression of p95 in HER2-positive breast cancer is potentially a major determinant of trastuzumab resistance because p95 lacks the trastuzumab binding site while retaining kinase activity. Previously, an optimal clinical cutoff for a continuous measurement of p95 expression was defined in a training set of trastuzumabtreated MBC patients (Clin Cancer Res, 16:4226, 2010).

  • Clinical And Analytical Performance Of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Biomarkers
    Clinical And Analytical Performance Of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Biomarkers

    A variety of biomarkers are currently used to help guide treatment decisions for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These include mutation analysis for the EGFR and KRAS genes, along with gene rearrangement analysis for the ALK and ROS1 loci. In this study we have evaluated the clinical and analytical performance features of these assays in a series of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples.

  • Flow Cytometry For The Pharmaceutical Industry In A Central Lab – Clinical Trials Setting: Specific Challenges And Solutions
    Flow Cytometry For The Pharmaceutical Industry In A Central Lab – Clinical Trials Setting: Specific Challenges And Solutions

    With the exception of some simple generic assays (such as lymphocyte T/B/NK Immunophenotyping, CD4 counting or progenitor counting) the implementation of pharma-client tailored flow cytometry assays within a multisite, multiplatform environment (central lab / clinical trials setting) in global longitudinal studies involves specific challenges that necessitate special processes and quality control procedures. We already addressed these well before flow cytometric assays became generally adopted in the clinical trials field.

  • Analysis Of Gene Expression Profiling Of Formalin-Fixed And Paraffin-Embedded Tumor Tissues From Preclinical Models And Patient Samples In Early Phase Clinical Trials
    Analysis Of Gene Expression Profiling Of Formalin-Fixed And Paraffin-Embedded Tumor Tissues From Preclinical Models And Patient Samples In Early Phase Clinical Trials

    The objective of this study was to identify gene expression biomarkers that are potentially predictive for birinapant response. Birinapant is a novel small molecule that mimics endogenous Smac (Second mitochondrial-derived activator of caspases), by activating the programmed cell death pathways that are dysregulated in cancer cells.

  • Acquisition Expands Phase I Capabilities
    Acquisition Expands Phase I Capabilities

    Clinical research firm PRA has announced it will be acquiring privately-held specialty research firm CRI Lifetree. CRI’s focus has been on early stage patient population studies with a focus in Human Abuse Liability (HAL), addiction, pain, psychiatry, neurology, pediatric and infectious disease services.

    With three Clinical Pharmacology Centers and over 200 beds, combined with over 20 years of clinical experience, CRI is one of the largest providers of patient population Phase I and confined Phase II-III services in the United States. 

  • Covance Reduces The Regulatory Uncertainty In External Testing
    Covance Reduces The Regulatory Uncertainty In External Testing

    Bringing a novel therapy to market has never been an easy task, but new pressures introduced by increasing clinical trial complexity—combined with more stringent regulatory oversight—are forcing the industry as a whole to re-think long-held standards and practices.

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CLINICAL TRIALS WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Expediting Companion Diagnostic Development Through Collaboration
    Expediting Companion Diagnostic Development Through Collaboration

    August 2011 cemented a remarkable two months for companion diagnostics, with the FDA posting draft guidance on companion diagnostics in July and then approving two cancer drugs and their accompanying tests weeks later. Zelboraf® and the BRAF mutation test for patients with metastatic melanoma were approved August 17, and Xalkori® and the corresponding Vysis ALK Break Apart FISH Probe Kit, which detects gene rearrangements, were approved just nine days later.

  • Examining Tau Phosphorylation As A Potential Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker
    Examining Tau Phosphorylation As A Potential Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker

    Covance scientists are always on the lookout to apply the latest research to their work and contribute additional findings to the scientific community. They will present a poster studying the regulation of Tau phosphorylation at the upcoming 2013 Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego. By Jordan Jensen and Robert Martone, Covance

  • DATATRAK ONE™ Delivers Over $1.3M In Cost Savings For Phase III Clinical Trial Supply Management & Shipping Procedures
    DATATRAK ONE™ Delivers Over $1.3M In Cost Savings For Phase III Clinical Trial Supply Management & Shipping Procedures

    Technology advancements for the clinical trials industry have created cost savings in all areas of the trial process. Web-based systems drive efficiency in trial design, randomization, clinical supply management, and more. 

  • Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI) Realizes Efficiencies And Savings On Clinical Trials With BioClinica® OnPoint CTMS
    Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI) Realizes Efficiencies And Savings On Clinical Trials With BioClinica® OnPoint CTMS

    Having grown to a premier research organization with 400 clinical trials to its credit, HCRI’s clinical trial management needs had surpassed the conventional processes it had been using to manage and monitor information and documents related to its clinical studies. The Institute’s 140 users relied on Excel spreadsheets and other manual processes that proved labor-intensive, inefficient, and a barrier to team communication.

  • Applications For Circulating Tumor Cells To Support Clinical Trials In Asia
    Applications For Circulating Tumor Cells To Support Clinical Trials In Asia

    Advances in our understanding of cancer have accelerated the development of new diagnostics over the past decade. Now, when assessing the efficacy of an experimental drug, clinical trial teams can supplement traditional markers from tissue biopsies with assessments on circulating tumor cells (CTC). The rollout of such tests has, to date, largely been limited to Western markets, but this is changing. By Ken Pennline, Ph.D., Vice President and, Global Head, Cytometry Services, LabCorp Clinical Trials

  • Risk-Based Monitoring For Late-Phase Research: Strategies For Real-World Post-Approval Studies
    Risk-Based Monitoring For Late-Phase Research: Strategies For Real-World Post-Approval Studies

    The growing consensus among clinical researchers and regulatory authorities is that risk-based monitoring (RBM) is more likely to ensure patient protection and overall study quality, and allows for monitoring that can be more effective than the traditional model of routine visits to all sites with 100% source data verification (SDV). By Maria Harrison, Vice President Late Phase Services, PRA

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NEWS

  • Experimental Stem Cell Treatment Cleared For First Human Trial

    Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) have prepared a potential treatment using stem cells to treat degenerative eye diseases, and they are set to begin testing the treatment on the first human patient very soon.

  • MabVax Links Arms With MSK, Juno For Anti-Cancer Drugs

    Clinical stage biotech firm MabVax Therapeutics announced that it has entered into partnerships with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Juno Therapeutics to develop novel anti-cancer therapeutics using MabVax’s antibody discovery platform.

  • Genmab And Seattle Genetics Expand ADC Collaboration

    Biotech firms Genmab and Seattle Genetics announced a new antibody-drug conjugate collaboration to create an ADC that will target AXL, a prominent signaling molecule on multiple solid tumors that plays a key role in tumor development and growth. Over the course of the partnership, Genmab and Seattle Genetics will co-develop HuMax-AXL-ADC, an ADC that combines an AXL-targeting, high affinity human monoclonal antibody with Seattle Genetics’ cytotoxic drug.

  • Altor, Shenzhen Beike Enter Immunotherapy Agreement In China

    Altor BioScience, a U.S. firm developing novel cancer immunotherapies, and Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology, a Chinese cell-based therapy firm, announced that the companies have signed into a license agreement for the development and commercialization of immunotherapy ALT-803 in China.

  • NeuroVive, OnCore BioPharma Sign $150M Licensing Agreement For HBV Infection Treatment

    Sweden based NeuroVive Pharmaceutial has just entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with U.S. biotech company OnCore BioPharma for the development and commercialization of NeuroVive’s drug candidate NVP018 for chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection.

  • Potential Treatment Discovered For Autoimmune Diseases

    Researchers at the University of Bristol have made an important breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for debilitating autoimmune diseases; they have discovered a process to 'switch off' these diseases. This discovery points to the use of antigen-specific immunotherapy as a treatment for many autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

  • New Rare Type Of Neuromuscular Disease Identified

    A rare new hereditary neuromuscular disorder has just been identified by an international team of researchers. The inherited condition is caused by a genetic mutation which affects the messages sent by nerves to control muscles, resulting in loss of muscle control and subsequent muscle weakening.

  • Cempra Scores $10M Milestone From Toyama For Antibiotic Clinical Progress

    North Carolina based drugmaker Cempra announced on Tuesday that it has received a $10 million milestone payment from its Japanese partner, Toyama Chemical, following the clinical progress of its macrolide antibiotic, solithromycin.

  • USPTO Issues Patent For GenSpera’s Prostate Cancer Prodrug

    GenSpera announced in a press release that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent for its prostate cancer prodrug. Patent number 8,822,406, “Tumor Activated Prodrugs,” covers the prodrug’s composition. The new patent joins the 12 others patents that GenSpera owns or licenses, of which 10 relate to prostate cancer. Craig Dionne, PhD, GenSpera CEO, said, “The issuance of this patent further strengthens our intellectual property position for targeted anti-cancer prodrugs and recognizes their unique applicability in treating prostate cancer.”

  • United Therapeutics Advances Phase I Trial Of PLX-PAD In PAH

    Pluristem Therapeutics, a company that develops placenta-based cell therapy products, announced that its licensing partner United Therapeutics is advancing the Phase I study of Pluristem's PLacental eXpanded (PLX-PAD) cells in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

  • J&J To Work With University Of Toronto On Brain Treatments

    The University of Toronto announced that it has signed into an open innovation collaboration with Johnson & Johnson company Janssen for the discovery of new treatments for major brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders.

  • GSK And UK MRC Join Forces For NCD Research In Africa

    GlaxoSmithKline has entered into collaboration with the U.K. and South African Medical Research Councils to advance research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa.

  • Alexion’s Asfotase Alfa For HPP Receives Orphan Status In Japan

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals reported that it has received Orphan Drug Designation from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) for its asfotase alfa as treatment for patients with hypophosphatasia (HPP).

  • Australian Federal Court Upholds Gene Patents

    The Australian federal court upheld its previous ruling that genetic material removed from the human body could be patented, a move that has many worried for the future of Australian medical research.

  • Hemispherx Biopharma, USAMRIID Team Up To Evaluate Potential Ebola Drugs

    Hemispherx Biopharma announced on Monday that it is collaborating with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) to test the company's drug Alferon, a commercially available natural alpha interferon (IFN) and Ampligen, an experimental drug, against the deadly Ebola virus. The studies will be conducted at the USAMRIID laboratories.  

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