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 Center of Excellence at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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 crite

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 since 2016.

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 since 2016.

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 likely to predict clinical benefit (e.g. response rate, progression free survival, duration of response).

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 to date in immuno-oncology (IO), ongoing efforts to advance the field at NCI, as well as regulatory challenges for IO and other novel therapies.

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 paper “Modernizing Expedited Development Programs.”

September 21st was the first day of the Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) virtual meeting on real-world evidence (RWE). Day 1 covered findings from the RWE Pilot 2.0 Project, exploring the outcomes of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (aNSCLC) treated with immunotherapy versus chemotherapy, as well as related RWE projects from partner institutions across the country and abroad.

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