Multiple Myeloma

CRO Perspectives: Driving Innovation, Consistency and Reliability in Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials

Despite advances in treatment options, multiple myeloma incidence rates have increased since 1990. Drug development for this complex disease requires a unique combination of technology and expertise. In this short series of blog posts, Covance will share perspectives on multiple myeloma testing, technique and innovation that can reduce variability and …

time

Accelerating drug development timelines – Evolution in trial design approaches in oncology

Three specialists – Dr. Sarah Blagden, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Oxford; Maria Prendes, Head of Oncology at the Covance Biomarker Solution Center; and Kamal Saini, Senior Medical Director of Oncology at Covance – recently discussed this highly relevant topic in an educational webinar, which is now available …

COVIDCELLS

Key Considerations for Medical Monitoring in CAR T Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

The following blog is an adaptation of a conference presentation by Covance in September 2020 that was also re-recorded and available here Background: Medical monitoring supports the correct determination of patient eligibility for CAR T-cell therapy and plays a key role in monitoring quality patient care throughout CAR T clinical …

Covid Temp Check

Adapting oncology clinical research practices and therapeutic development strategies in the covid-19 era

The COVID-19 outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization, and has since affected almost every country around the world. Cancer patients have been significantly impacted, through both clinical practice as well as engagement and participation …

An introduction to dendritic cell biology and analysis using syngeneic immuno-oncology models

Productive immunotherapy driven anti-tumor responses rely on the activation of T cells that target tumor-associated antigens (TAA). The dendritic cell (DC) plays an essential role in the activation of T cell antigen-specific responses, which occur naturally in the context of infection. However, this same process supports tumor-immune surveillance as well …

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Precision imaging of antibody biodistribution in vivo with Zirconium-89 PET

Zirconium-89 (89Zr) has revolutionized discovery and translation of Ab (and Ab fragment) therapeutics via PET biodistribution imaging.  With standard, straightforward labeling chemistry, 89Zr provides unprecedented specificity and sensitivity of PET Ab detection (to pM levels).  At Covance we use 89Zr PET as a platform assay for in vivo quantification of:

Cancer Immunotherapy Trials

evaluation of immune response following treatment with Anti-CTLA-4 antibody, radiation therapy, or combination in murine model of breast cancer

Breast cancers are considered poorly immunogenic tumors, however, several approaches utilizing immunotherapies are being undertaken in the clinic to evaluate their potential for improving outcomes. Radiation therapy (RT) is a highly utilized clinical treatment modality in breast cancer. Radiation is known to modify the tumor microenvironment, induce cytokines and chemokines, …

Immuno-Oncology Studies

Emerging immuno-oncology therapies: life after checkpoint inhibitors

The clinical approval of biological therapeutics inhibiting CTLA-4 (ipilimumab), PD-1 (nivolumab, pembrolizumab) and PD-L1 (atezolizumab, avelumab, durvalumab) has ushered in a revolution in the field of cancer immunotherapy. Thus far, the approvals have occurred in a small number of cancer histotypes including melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer and urothelial cancers, …