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On February 4, we commemorated World Cancer Day, a day when researchers, physicians, patients and other interested groups acknowledge all the hard work being done to fight this global disease. This year in the healthcare community, we took another step closer to improving healthcare worldwide.  For years, oncology researchers dealt endless frustration over failed trials of promising drugs that inevitably worked well but only in very small groups of patients. These results were crushing, but they also led researchers to follow new paths that ultimately led them to the incredible results we are seeing today in precision medicine. By identifying the unique characteristics and genetic variants... Read More


Genomics , Precision Medicine

Author: Kathleen Gray, PhD This is an exciting time to be working in the field of cancer research. Throughout the last few years, amazing strides have been made toward the ultimate goal: to turn cancer into a chronic disease, that with the right treatment, doesn’t have to be a grim diagnosis. As we recognize World Cancer Day on February 4, I think that is definitely something to celebrate. Scientists across the biopharma community are making tremendous progress in the way we diagnose and treat cancer, particularly via the incorporation of personalized or “precision” medicine. The goal of precision medicine is to individualize treatments by tailoring them to the biological characteristics... Read More


Biomarkers , Central Laboratories , Clinical Trials , Companion Diagnostics , Precision Medicine

Victor Weigman, Ph.D., Associate Director, Translational Genomics, Q2 Solutions, a Quintiles Quest Joint Venture Patrice Hugo, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Q2 Solutions, a Quintiles Quest Joint Venture With advancements in clinical informatics and genomics, there has been a paradigm shift from “one drug fits all” toward precision medicine – taking account of individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle – across therapeutic areas. Precision medicine allows identification of patients who would likely benefit the most from a treatment and suffer the least side effects. For instance, such screening can reveal genetic makeup likely aligned with the molecular mechanisms of... Read More


Companion Diagnostics , Genomics , Precision Medicine