|Dear SABPA friends,|
Please forward this special SABPA event to your colleagues and friends at your organization. The deadline for online registration is next Wednesday, March 16. Please help to make this a well-attended and productive event!
Your support is highly appreciated!
The Event Organization Committee
SINO-AMERICAN BIOMEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION
Science & Technology Forum IX
Emerging Trend in Drug Development: Companion Diagnostics
- Followed by A-Bio/Luye Pharmaceutical Event
When: March 19, 2011 (Saturday) 8:30am – 3:00pm
Where: Institute of Americas, UCSD
$20 for online registration, $10 for students and post-docs, $40 for on-site registration, lunch included (~$10 value), online registration ends March 16, 2011
Companion diagnostics, which identifies and detects genetic, protein, or gene expression markers to predict whether a drug works or causes adverse effect in patients, has emerged as an exciting new field over the last few years. With the cost and hurdle for new drug approval getting increasingly higher, pharmaceutical companies begin to explore companion tests in order to develop safer and more effective drugs. The value of companion diagnostic tests has already been demonstrated by a number of marketed products, such as HercepTest for Herceptin and K-RAS mutation tests for Erbitux and Vectibix. Despite these proven successes and ever-increasing awareness of companion diagnostics, pharmaceutical companies still move slowly to adopt the new paradigm of co-developing companion tests along with the clinical trial of new drugs. The regulatory hurdles, physician and patient acceptance, insurance coverage, IP strategies, and other barriers remain unsettled for this young filed. At the coming SABPA Science & Technology Forum IX, we invite opinion leaders representing pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic companies and other interest groups to share their insights and visions on this rapidly growing field.