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, …

Flow Cytometer blog

Flow cytometry based functional assays essential for characterizing biological significance

The efficacy of immune-modulating anti-cancer therapeutic antibodies that have been FDA-approved in recent years, such as anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1, has driven growing interest in methods that provide a mechanistic understanding of drug function. Development of new mono and combination therapies with immune-modulatory effects requires more powerful immunophenotyping techniques capable of …

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 …