BMS and Moffitt form immuno-oncology partnership
Posted: 25 September 2015 | Victoria White
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Moffitt will conduct a range of early phase clinical studies, including clinical investigations by young investigators to strengthen their development as clinical research scientists…
The I-O RPM programme is a multi-institutional initiative with academic-based cancer centres focused on the clinical investigation of immuno-oncology therapeutics as potential treatment options for patients with high risk, poor prognostic cancers, defined as a rare population malignancy.
As part of the I-O RPM programme, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Moffitt will conduct a range of early phase clinical studies, including clinical investigations by young investigators to strengthen their development as clinical research scientists.
“Moffitt Cancer Centre has had a long-standing commitment to immuno-oncology research, including in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb, and we look forward to our continued work with them as part of the I-O RPM programme,” said Laura Bessen, MD, head of US Medical, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
“This new partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb will foster new Moffitt investigator-initiated studies for rare tumours and gives our faculty the opportunity to educate research students about innovative clinical trials,” said Dan Sullivan, M.D., Associate Centre Director for Clinical Science at Moffitt.
I-O RPM programme focuses on significant areas of high unmet need
The I-O RPM programme focuses on significant areas of high unmet need marked by poor outcomes among patients with rare population malignancies. A rare population malignancy is a subpopulation within a higher incident disease population (e.g. BRCA 1 and 2 breast cancer). These patients have aggressive disease with an increased potential for early metastasis to multiple sites and/or are initially refractory or subject to early recurrences with conventional cancer therapies. Existing clinical research provide a strong rationale for further research into the potential of immunotherapies for these cancers.
The I-O RPM builds on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s formation in 2012 of the International Immuno-Oncology Network (II-ON). II-ON is a global collaboration between Bristol-Myers Squibb and academia focused on facilitating the translation of scientific research findings into clinical trials and, eventually, clinical practice.