Biomarkers & Diagnostics: growing influence on drug development for NAFLD/NASH

Biomarkers and diagnostics are playing an ever-increasing role in drug development. Personalized medicines, defined as drug therapies used alongside specific diagnostic tests, topped 40% of all FDA approvals in 2018. Across biopharma, drug developers increased their utilization of selection biomarkers, significantly improving the probability of success for their clinical programs.1, …

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Impact to the bioanalytical community of the FDA issuance of the draft guidance on biomarker qualification: evidentiary framework

The FDA released a Draft Guidance in December (2018) on the evidentiary framework and standards required to achieve qualified biomarkers.  It is intended to cover a regulatory gap related to the use of biomarkers outside of specific drug programs.  As such, this Draft Guidance supports the Qualification of Drug Development Tools …

Opportunities for Biomarkers in Immuno-Oncology

Exploring new opportunities for biomarkers in immuno-oncology

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly relying on biomarkers to deliver precision medicine in immuno-oncology. Biomarkers can accelerate drug development and reduce the overall cost; they also allow sponsors to identify failed treatments sooner so that resources are not wasted on expensive, late-stage trials with unsafe or inactive compounds. Finally, these tests …

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Immuno-Oncology Studies: Optimizing Design, Recruitment and Execution

The rise of immunotherapy has been meteoric — there are now well more than 1,000 immuno-oncology (IO) trials ongoing according to clinicaltrials.gov. Finding and enrolling the appropriate patients for these potentially revolutionary treatments has presented a profound challenge, one that was recently covered in the aptly titled New York Times …

Can We Expand Companion Diagnostics Beyond Oncology?

The majority of today’s approved companion (and complementary) diagnostics (CDx) support personalized medicine efforts in oncology, a testament to researchers’ growing knowledge regarding the genetic pathways impacted in various cancers. That understanding increases our ability to convert such knowledge of biology into treatments that specifically target disease based on a …

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Applying Preclinical Biomarkers to Identify Renal Injuries

Identification of new medicines for kidney disease remains an ongoing challenge in drug development. This challenge includes establishing new biochemical measurements (biomarkers) which can sensitively and accurately reflect the status of renal health and any associated changes in renal function. Sponsors are exploring many options to improve the application of …

ELISPOT Assay: A Powerful Tool in Vaccine Development and Immune Monitoring

Over the past several years, the scientific community has made tremendous progress in advancing our understanding of the immune system, from the basic functions of its various components to molecular pathways that operate within those components. With new, state-of-the-art tools and technologies, immunologists now have the ability to better understand the …

Use of Luminex® Technology to Quantify Biomarkers and Provide Agent Efficacy

In recent years many researchers have focused on the analysis of circulating soluble cancer biomarkers as an indicator of the host immune response to oncogenesis.1,2,3 Multiple biomarkers can be quantified in order to fully characterize changes in homeostasis brought on by tumor growth and metastasis. The ability to multiplex tumor-type specific …