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December 10, 2018

Friends of Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2018

This year’s Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) Annual Meeting started with a morning keynote by Anna Abram the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Abram discussed many different initiatives that have been led by Friends over the years including the...
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BioPharma Congress IV

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) and Prevision Policy hosted the fourth annual BioPharma Congress. This year’s event focused on drug pricing, approval standards, patient input, and the future of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Featured speakers included HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and...

TMB Harmonization Working Group Fall Meeting

On September 13, 2018, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) reconvened the TMB Harmonization Working Group, which consists of several stakeholders across all health sectors. Building from previous workshops hosted by Friends in the Fall of 2017 and the Spring of 2018, working group members:   Reviewed the findings of the first phase...

22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception

This year's awardees at the 22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception From L-R: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Richard Klausner September 21, 2018The Hay-Adams800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006   On September 21, 2018, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted the 22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception. The yearly event brings together leaders in...

A Blueprint for Breakthrough: Research and Reimbursement in the Age of Precision Medicine

  Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is becoming a commonly used tool in cancer treatment. Transparency regarding the clinical performance and utility of different NGS-based tests available will aid in clinical decision-making and facilitate improvements in patient care.  The 7th Annual Blueprint for Breakthrough Forum, held by Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) and...

The FDA’s Budget: How Government Funds Safety and Efficacy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fulfills its mission to protect and advance the public health by overseeing the development and approval of new medical products and ensuring that they are safe and effective for American consumers. When taking into consideration the full range of products the FDA oversees,...

The Future Use of Real-World Evidence

  Significant progress has been made in data collection efforts to support use of real-world evidence (RWE) in regulatory settings; however challenges remain, chiefly with combining, organizing, and analyzing data from various information sources. On July 10th, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a meeting to present data from a pilot...

TMB Harmonization Working Group Meeting

On May 10, 2018, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) convened stakeholders across all health sectors to assess current methods of measuring tumor mutational burden (TMB) and develop a consensus approach to the standardization of this biomarker. This roundtable built on a workshop hosted by Friends in the Fall of 2017,...
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