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.
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.
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.
The second of two sessions for the Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) Annual Meeting was held on November 19th. Day 2 featured a shift from Modernizing Expedited Development Pathways to a focus on Optimizing the Use of Accelerated Approval.
On November 13, 2020, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) held the first of two virtual sessions of the Friends Annual Meeting. Day 1 covered Modernizing Expedited Development Programs, which focused on the current framework of FDA expedited development pathways and proposed ways to improve on the existing system.
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.