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Watch Now: Supporting Development of Diagnostic Tests for Unmet Needs

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a live virtual event that brought together leading voices from various health sectors to discuss key considerations for developing diagnostics tests for rare populations of patients, including those with rare diseases and rare biomarkers. The meeting covered topics surrounding the findings from a recent…

Charting the Path for ctDNA as an Early Endpoint in Early-Stage Disease

The Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) Annual Meeting provides a venue for multiple stakeholders to discuss pressing issues in oncology drug development, providing potential opportunities to overcome challenges and spur future collaborative work. The session on Day 1 of the Friends Annual Meeting 2021 will focus on building a roadmap for the use of changes…

Watch Now: “Beyond Breakthrough: Optimizing the Breakthrough Therapy Designation” 

On Monday, September 20th, 2021, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a virtual event that brought together industry experts, the U.S. FDA, and patient advocates to discuss improving the Breakthrough Therapy designation (BTD) program. The panelists outlined opportunities to enhance the existing expedited drug development programs, including specific recommendations for the BTD, as outlined in…

Watch Now: 21st Century Cures 2.0 Listening Session – Harnessing the Power of Collaboration

On July 29th, 2021, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a virtual meeting revolving around the recently released 21st Century Cures 2.0 discussion draft. It featured a discussion panel of Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Dr. Ned Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Richard Pazdur, Director of the Oncology…

How Will Expanded Eligibility Criteria Impact Clinical Trial Design?

Creating a New Cancer Research Paradigm by Broadening Eligibility Criteria The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, a professional society for cancer clinicians and researchers) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends, a cancer advocacy organization focused on advancing science, policy, and regulation) have been collaborating to promote broader, more inclusive cancer clinical trial eligibility criteria…

How Will Expanding Eligibility Criteria Impact Clinical Trial Study Design?

Creating a New Cancer Research Paradigm by Broadening Eligibility Criteria The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, a professional society for cancer clinicians and researchers) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends, a cancer advocacy organization focused on advancing science, policy, and regulation) have been collaborating to promote broader, more inclusive cancer clinical trial eligibility criteria…

Data Driven Insights – Accelerated Approval

Since 1992, Accelerated Approval has facilitated earlier patient access to promising therapies that treat serious and life-threatening illnesses. While a traditional approval is often based on a therapy’s ability to demonstrate meaningful impact upon a clinical endpoint (e.g. overall survival), Accelerated Approval is granted based upon demonstration of an effect on a surrogate or intermediate endpoint…

Watch Now: Discussion on Eligibility Criteria and the Impact on Access to Clinical Trials

On Friday, April 9, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) co-hosted a live virtual event, which brought together experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss the recent release of the new ASCO-Friends recommendations for modernizing eligibility criteria to improve patient access and representation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO-Friends recommendations address five specific areas:…

Shaping the Future of Emerging Immunotherapies and Cell Therapies

On February 11, 2021, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a virtual meeting highlighting and discussing the progress, challenges, and future of immunotherapies and cell therapies. Ellen Sigal, Chairperson & Founder of Friends, gave opening remarks and introduced keynote speaker Ned Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Sharpless spoke about the progress made…

Modernizing Expedited Development Programs

Each year, the Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) Annual Meeting addresses critical issues in the development of new oncology drugs and features experts proposing unique approaches toward current challenges in drug development. On Day 1 of the 2020 Friends Annual Meeting, panelists will discuss FDA’s expedited development programs and discuss proposals outlined in the white…