Kite Gains First Adult CAR-T Approval

Less than two weeks following the closing of Gilead’s acquisition of the company, Kite Pharma’s CAR-T immunotherapeutic, axicabtagene ciloleucel, has gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first CAR-T therapy for an adult indication. The approval,… Read »

Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease Achieves a Historic Milestone

This has been an amazing year in the world of drug development, with three new therapeutic classes marking historic gains. We first saw Novartis’ FDA approval for the first CAR-T immunotherapy. Then Alnylam’s RNAi treatment achieved Phase 3 success, the… Read »

Search for an Alzheimer’s Treatment Goes On

Anticipation was high for the results of a Phase 3 trial of Axovant’s experimental drug, interpirdine. Sadly, the potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment failed to meet its co-primary endpoints. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who were treated for 24… Read »

RNA Interference Achieves Key Milestone with Patisiran Success

It is a not uncommon phenomenon for a new discovery to attract much enthusiasm and hype — as well as investment and new company formation — only to suffer popular disillusionment a few years later as public interest turns to… Read »

ESMO 2017 — Part 2: Building on Biomarkers

The news from ESMO in September once again has highlighted the utility and need for biomarkers to help determine not only who will likely benefit from a particular immuno-oncology (IO) treatment, but also who may require a combination of such… Read »

ESMO 2017 — Recent Developments in the Oncology Arena — Part One

We recently returned from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 meeting, which is the major meeting for oncology professionals in Europe, attracting over 24,000 participants from 131 countries.  This fall meeting saw a lot of news, notably in… Read »

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Diagnostic Dilemma

Head over to LinkedIn to read an article by our principal consultant Rachel Laing as part of our continuing commentary on Alzheimer’s Disease. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/alzheimers-disease-diagnostic-dilemma-rachel-laing/  

New Big Data Initiatives in Oncology

As cancer therapy moves towards the concept of “real-time” oncology — the ability to constantly monitor changes in a patient’s disease and adjust treatment accordingly — we see big data and high powered analytical approaches increasingly playing a key role…. Read »

Advances and Set Backs for CAR-T Therapy

Late August and early September was a period of big news — both positive and negative — on the CAR-T front. On the positive side, Novartis’ received the first FDA approval of a CAR-T therapy for Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel), for the… Read »

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease — Part 2

As we wrote in our last post, the ability to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before a person’s death has been problematic. Experts estimate that a third or more of patients’ cognitive impairment or dementia may be inaccurately diagnosed. As a… Read »

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