Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum will lead a panel discussion at the 2014 Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) on Jan 27. The discussion, entitled, “PM in Oncology Today: Making It Work for Patients, Clinicians, Researchers, and Industry,” will also feature George Demetri of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Vincent A. Miller of Foundation Medicine, lung cancer survivor Neil Schiffman, and Edgar Staren of CTCA Medicine and Science. Their diverse perspectives will ignite insightful discussion regarding the current use and future promise of personalized medicine in cancer.
The 6th annual PMWC conference in Silicon Valley runs Jan 27–28. It brings together leaders from multiple sectors—including business, government, healthcare-delivery, research and technology—to learn from each other and further the field of personalized medicine. Dr. Tenenbaum’s panel discussion is at 11 am on the main-stage. General registration is available through Jan 24.
Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, will speak tomorrow at the Monte Jade Forum, an event organized by the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (West Coast). The Forum is entitled Personalized Precision Medicine – What does it mean for the cancer patient? Dr. Tenenbaum will join oncologist Edmund Tai, MD, in a discussion of how personalized medicine, or “precision oncology,” can help cancer patients. Dr. Tenenbaum will discuss Cancer Commons as “an emerging patient-led movement that empowers each patient and their care team to get the best available knowledge for beating their cancer, and to update that knowledge in real time based on each patient’s outcome.”
The Forum takes place tomorrow, Nov 6, 2013, at 7:00pm at ITRI International in San Jose, CA. Registration is available online, and non-members can register for $20.
Cancer Commons founder Dr. Marty Tenenbaum is featured in a new podcast from Mendelspod. In the podcast, entitled “4 Reasons Clinical Trials Don’t Work,” Dr. Tenenbaum outlines the shortcomings of the current state of the clinical trial system, and offer solutions for improvement. Cancer Commons is key to his vision of a revamped cancer research system that focuses on individual cancer patients to find answers faster. Listen on the website, or download the podcast to listen later.
Cancer Commons founder Dr. Marty Tenenbaum will be speaking tomorrow at the monthly meeting of Silicom Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based investment forum. Dr. Tenenbaum will discuss his vision for a personalized approach to oncology, offering solutions that could help answer these questions:
-Which are the best drugs and trials for me?
-How can I get timely and affordable access to the latest investigational drugs?
-How can we slash the time and cost of drug development so that the economics work for therapies that target small subsets of patients?
-Can cancer research be funded, one patient at a time?
The meeting takes place tomorrow, Sep. 10, in Santa Clara, CA. Guest registration is available on the event page.
In a recent video podcast, Cancer Commons board member Dr. Larry Marton discusses quality assurance in the context of personalized medicine. Dr. Marton is heavily involved at Cancer Commons; he tells our story at the 32:00 mark. From Mendelspod, makers of the podcast:
“Larry’s core message is that we must improve the quality of new clinical tests which have been translated from research. It is the key to demonstrating clinical relevance, he says. There are issues with sampling, with analytics, and with compliance. What can those in the industry do to better the quality assurance? And how can the industry better engage the medical community? A veteran shares his insights.”
You can also watch, listen, or download here.
Reporter Kerry Grens mentions Cancer Commons in a recent article in The Scientist. The piece explores the trend of self-tracking—monitoring one’s health over time using a variety of cutting-edge and traditional procedures, including genotyping, gut microbiome sequencing, hormone level measurement, heart rate variability tracking, weight measurement, and more. From the article:
“To further research, organizations have tapped into people’s interest in sharing personal data. Cancer Commons, a large network of cancer researchers, appeals to patients and their physicians to submit individual data on treatment, cancer genotype, and outcomes.”
Read the full article here.
Paul Howard writes about Cancer Commons in the new Forbes blog post “Can We Build a Kickstarter for Cancer?” From the post:
“The Cancer Commons approach – a distributed framework for empowering patients and learning from every patient/treatment combination – breaks down traditional distinctions between clinical trials and patient treatment in the “real world.” Instead of developing treatments in a lab and then testing them on randomized patients in clinical trials (designed to benefit future patients), researchers would apply the latest scientific knowledge and tools to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome today based on what we know – or think we can predict – about a molecular subtype of cancer.”
Read more here.
Cancer Commons is mentioned in a recently-published paper in The Journal of Oncopathology. In Crowdsourcing for Science and Medicine: Progress and Challenges, Sheryl Torr-Brown, PhD, writes:
“Another open source data collection effort to improve patient care is Cancer Commons, a nonprofit science initiative, comprised of an elite group of volunteer physicians and scientists, who collect patient data and make it broadly accessible for analysis. The initiative has already published a molecular disease model for lung cancer that is online and widely accessible.”
Read the paper here.
On June 10, the journal Nature Biotechnology published an article written by Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum. The piece addresses a previously published article that proposes a megafund approach to finance biomedical research. According to Dr. Tenenenbaum, the megafund approach will not only reduce risk for investors, but will also “slash the time, cost and risk of drug development by radically rethinking development processes, business models and organizational structures, and requiring the open sharing of data, knowledge and resources across portfolio projects. The resulting impact on productivity, risk and new therapeutic opportunities could potentially dwarf the returns from financial engineering.”
Read Dr. Tenenbaum’s article here: The Cancer Megafund: A Catalyst for Disruptive Innovation. Nature Biotechnology 31, 491-492 (2013) doi:10.1038/nbt.2605.