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Category: Press Releases

Friends’ HRD Harmonization Project Announces In Silico Data Readout

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is excited to announce new data from the Homologous Recombination Deficiency (HRD) Harmonization Project shared this weekend at The Association of Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting. The HRD Harmonization Project is a unique research partnership focused on understanding the variability in HRD assays and developing strategies to align methodology for measuring…

New Manuscript Shows Changes in ctDNA Reflect Clinical Benefit to Patients

A new manuscript by Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) published in JCO Precision Oncology, finds strong associations between reductions in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) levels from on-treatment liquid biopsies with improved overall survival and progression-free survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This manuscript highlights results that provide the initial basis of Friends’ ongoing ctDNA…

Statement From Friends of Cancer Research on Monica Bertagnolli’s Nomination as Director of The National Cancer Institute

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) commends President Joe Biden on nominating Dr. Monica Bertagnolli as the Director of The National Cancer Institute (NCI). As the principal federal agency for cancer research and training, the NCI plays a critical role in advancing innovative science to benefit patients. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Ned Sharpless for…

Statement on the VALID Act of 2022

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) applauds the thoughtful work in constructing the Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act of 2022 – and particularly for including it in the Senate HELP user fee reauthorization bill (The FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act). Diagnostic tests continue to be a growing component of cancer research and patient…

New Research Shows Breakthrough Therapy Designated Drugs Provide Maximum Benefit to Patients

A new analysis conducted by Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) published today in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, reveals that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) criteria select drugs that lead to better outcomes for patients with lung cancer. The study titled “Breakthrough Therapy…

Friends of Cancer Research Statement on the Proposed House and Senate FDA User Fee Legislation

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is encouraged by the notable progress being made within the House and Senate on the upcoming reauthorization of the FDA user fee programs.  Representative Pallone and Representative McMorris-Rogers’s bill in the House as well as Senator Murray and Senators Burr’s newly released legislation in the Senate both support FDA programs to…

Dr. Ned Sharpless Stepping Down as National Cancer Institute Director

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) would like to thank Dr. Ned Sharpless for his tireless public service and scientific leadership as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as his tenure as acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Dr. Sharpless deserves our country’s deep gratitude for his years of…

Friends of Cancer Research Statement Thanking Dr. Janet Woodcock for Service as Acting FDA Commissioner

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) would like to thank Dr. Janet Woodcock for serving as Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is looking forward to working with Dr. Woodcock as Principal Deputy Commissioner of the Agency. The FDA has significant work in the months ahead to navigate ongoing actions related to…

Statement from Friends of Cancer Research on Dr. Robert Califf’s Confirmation as FDA Commissioner

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Califf on his bipartisan confirmation today as FDA Commissioner. The United States is at a pivotal moment for public health, and the leadership Dr. Califf will bring to the FDA will be paramount to assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human drugs, and…

Statement from Friends of Cancer Research on President & Dr. Biden’s Cancer Moonshot

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) would like to congratulate President Biden and Dr. Biden on the announcement of a new Cancer Moonshot. We applaud the ambitious new goals and objectives that will be instrumental in changing the trajectory of cancer care and treatment and ending cancer as we know it today. We strongly support the…