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October 29th, 2012
The 2012 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium takes place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City from November 7 – 10. Fortunately, the timing avoids the disruption expected this week from Hurricane Sandy.
The Greenspan Meeting as it’s also known (in recognition of the late Ezra M. Greenspan MD, the symposium founder) provides the opportunity for oncologists to learn about new developments in cancer therapy.
It is a joint presentation by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the non-profit Chemotherapy Foundation.
Sally Church, PhD who frequently attends says she particularly “enjoys the lectures that give a broad strategic overview of a particular topic.”
There’s usually a good turnout from the NJ/NY pharma industry and it’s interesting to talk to local academic and community oncologists about their practice.
You can read more about last year’s prostate cancer session at the 2011 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium on Biotech Strategy Blog. The informative sessions cover a lot of ground and are well worth attending.
Update November 1, 2012 – Symposium not cancelled after Storm Sandy
Good to see The Chemotherapy Foundation announce on twitter today that the symposium will go on as scheduled. Hopefully the transport network will have some semblance of normality by then otherwise it will remain a challenge for many in the local area to attend.
The Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium will go on as scheduled. You can still register on chemotherapyfoundationsymposium.org
— Chemo Fdtn Symposium (@tcfsymposium) November 1, 2012
August 20th, 2012
To better showcase our pharmaceutical marketing strategy, KOL market research, new product development and competitive intelligence services we have recently upgraded the Icarus Consultants website.
Thanks to The Theme Foundry who provided outstanding customer service.
We hope that you like the new/look feel, particularly the homepage that combines company news, information on our services and why you should consider working with us.
Some of the new features you will see include:
- Video on the Homepage: we plan to change this regularly. At the moment it features a preview of ASCO 2012.
- New page with Case Studies. Client confidentiality prohibits us from saying too much, but we’ve attempted to give a flavor of some of our recent projects.
- Responsive theme: the site is now optimized for viewing on tablets and mobile devices.
If you have any comments about our new look or would like to learn more about our services, please contact us.
June 29th, 2012
The Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means that the sun did not set on the provisions of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act that were contained within it.
Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices will be required to report all payments and transfers of value (e.g. honoraria, consulting fees, travel expenses, meals) made to physicians and teaching hospitals.
The good news for Pharma market research vendors is that anonymous market research, where the sponsoring company does not know the names of the doctors interviewed, does not have to be reported.
Market research is not referred to directly in section 6002 of the ACA, but the “exemption” can be inferred from the definition of “payment or other transfer of value” in the Act:
Such term does not include a transfer of anything of value that is made indirectly to a covered recipient through a third party in connection with an activity or service in the case where the applicable manufacturer is unaware of the identity of the covered recipient.
This makes a lot of sense, after all, how can you potentially influence prescribing if you don’t know who is being paid by your market research vendor.
June 15th, 2012
After a hectic ASCO 2012, the next conference we will be attending is The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Inositol Phospholipid Signaling in Physiology and Disease event on June 26 -27, 2012 in New York.
The NYAS often run events that are on a par with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), where leading researchers present their early-stage findings to the science community. Cancer signaling pathways are complex and understanding basic science in this area is key to rational drug development and target identification.
The keynote lecture is by Lewis Cantley, who will speak on “Phosphoinositol Signaling and Disease.” Of the many interesting topics from a new product development perspective that will be discussed, a few that caught our attention include:
- Lloyd Trotman, PTEN Activity
- Neil Rosen, Mechanisms of PI3K Inhibition in Cancer
- David Solit, Interrupting the PI3K-AKT-mTOR Pathway in Cancer Therapy
Researchers from Novartis and Gilead will also discuss some of the challenges in clinical development and targeting PI3Kδ in lymphoid malignancies.
If you are interested in the PI3-kinase area for drug development or want to learn more about the where the cutting edge of cancer research is at in this area, then the NYAS event on inositol phospholipid signaling looks well worth attending.
Icarus Consultants is delighted to be a promotional partner with The New York Academy of Sciences for this event, and in return we can offer readers a 15% discount on the cost of meeting registration. Use the special code INOSITOL15 when making your booking – please note this does not apply to existing registrations.
If you can’t make it to New York, Sally Church will be writing about it on Pharma Strategy Blog, unless a budding young scientist attending the meeting would like to write a guest post – if that’s you, then please do contact us and we would be delighted to hear from you!
Update June 28, 2012
The New York Academy of Sciences meeting was well worth attending.
Sally Church, PhD has written about data presented at the meeting on PI3K delta and Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) inhibitors in development for CLL & NHL.
In her Pharma Strategy Blog post, Sally discusses some of the challenges and opportunities for GS-1101 (formerly CAL-101) and ibrutinib.
April 21st, 2012
The annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held in Chicago earlier this month, is one of the most important meetings of the year for cancer scientists, pharma/biotech drug development and new products professionals.
Bill Sellers, in the AACR plenary session, described how Novartis are using the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) in conjunction with the Broad Institute to identify promising new compounds.
As Sally Church, PhD noted on Pharma Strategy Blog in her post on the highlights of AACR 2012:
“What made the meeting exciting for me was the sheer number of new compounds emerging from late preclinical to early phase 1.”
Two of the many promising new drugs in early stages of development were highlighted on Biotech Strategy Blog:
AZD3514 (AstraZeneca), a selective androgen receptor down regulator (SARD) in phase 1 clinical trials for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).
ABT-199 (Abbott), a new Bcl-2 inhibitor (that improves on navitoclax), in phase 1 drug development for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
There were many noteworthy posters presented at AACR particularly from young researchers
e.g. “Overcoming resistance to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in non-small cell lung cancer” was a poster that suggested the prospect of future drug development targets.
During the high quality poster and oral sessions, we met numerous people including CEOs of baby biotechs, young researchers and clinicians with an interest in translational research, including Laura Strong, Ph.D President & COO of Quintessence Biosciences (@scientre), David Woessner who was presenting his PhD research (@pinfoto) and Philippe Aftimos, MD from Belgium (@aftimosp), all of whom were actively sharing their observations during numerous sessions via Twitter during the conference.
The annual meeting is not just about basic science though, but also drug development strategy and emerging research trends, such as the automation of preclinical drug discovery, as well as the collaboration between academia and Pharma/Biotech in combination clinical trials using two novel compounds from different companies. This last trend, I am pleased to say, has already begun and will hopefully continue apace in the future.
If you were not able to attend AACR, then Sally Church aggregated all the #AACR tweets from the meeting on Pharma Strategy Blog. AACR also have webcasts of some of the sessions available, including some with free access.
We’re already looking forward to AACR 2013 in Washington, DC and the timing of the meeting means it should take place when the renowned Cherry Blossom are in full bloom. Hopefully, this will provide a great opportunity for another Pharma Strategy Blog video!
November 22nd, 2011
There was a lot of interesting science at the recent AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics international conference in San Francisco.
In particular, the poster sessions offered the opportunity to discuss pre-clinical and early drug development work, and share insights into pathways and mechanisms of action. If you are in new product development, it’s a key meeting to attend.
What was the news at AACR molecular targets?
Sally Church on Pharma Strategy Blog aggregated the live tweets from the joint AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting, although the absence of wifi in the plenary sessions meant that there were fewer tweets than might have been expected.
Sally has written about some of the data presented on breast cancer at the meeting. In her insightful post she reviews the Syndax data for entinostat in second-line ER/PR+ breast cancer, and also asks whether ALK is a new target in inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)?
From what was heard at the meeting, there will be a lot of new breast cancer data at the forthcoming San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) that Sally will also be attending.
More insights from AACR molecular targets will be available on Pharma Strategy Blog in the next few days.
Meanwhile on Biotech Strategy Blog, Pieter Droppert has written about some of the sessions he attended in San Francisco on:
- Overcoming barriers to new cancer drug development
- Improving cancer clinical trial design
- Prostate Cancer
Next year’s 2012 molecular targets meeting will be in Dublin, good news for all those who like Guinness!
October 26th, 2011
That sounds like a simple question, but can actually be difficult to answer.
As part of a market entry strategy or overview of the commercial landscape, we often have to look at the regulatory framework in a country.
For many products from pharma or biotech it’s obvious that something is a drug, medicinal product, biological product or device. However, for those involving nanotechnology, tissue engineering, biologics, or combinations of drugs/devices, it can be less clear.
Understanding how a product is classified from a regulatory perspective, something that may differ between countries, will impact a path to market strategy.
In the United States, under the Federal, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321), the term “drug” includes:
“articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals.”
Dietary supplements such as vitamins are usually not considered to be drugs.
However, new research is coming out that shows vitamins may be more active than we may have previously thought.
Pieter Droppert on Biotech Strategy Blog has commented on research that showed giving vitamin E supplements to healthy men led to a 17% increased risk of prostate cancer.
In future it is possible that the regulatory classification for vitamins may change if they end up being given as active compounds for the treatment of a disease. What is a drug remains a simple question, but one that is not always easy to answer.