Biopharma Giant Tabs Thought Leader Select for Initiatives in Companion Diagnostics for Oncology Products

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

July 9, 2013 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) A global biopharmaceutical leader has chosen Thought Leader Select to perform critical research and advisory work in support of key opinion leader initiatives advancing companion diagnostics for oncology medications.

Thought Leader Select, headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides research and consulting services to companies in the life sciences industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies, as they reach out to and collaborate with leading medical experts to advance treatment options and promote better health worldwide.

For the engagement, Thought Leader Select’s in-house research team will identify and profile dozens of leading Canadian medical experts in pathology, with a focus on KOLs who have experience in developing companion diagnostics for cancer treatments. The company will also assess the top Canadian medical centers of excellence in pathology, delivering engagement plans that will drive interactions among the biopharma client company and its partners in medicine.

The client company, as it develops companion diagnostics for cancer medications, seeks understanding of the provincial reimbursement process and market access climate for such products, as well as learning the degrees to which medical centers of excellence optimize cancer treatment through the use of companion diagnostics.

Thought Leader Select’s work will combine the company’s objective, validated assessment methodology applied to the skills and experience of key opinion leaders in medicine with a series ... read more »

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Predictions for Healthcare in 2012

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Industry Insights from Paul Meade, M. Sc., MPH

While the Mayans might have been good at developing a cosmic calendar with 27,000-year cycles, I will try to venture only one or two years out and predict some developments within the healthcare system.

I dare say the Mayans had great foresight about changes, even if they never invented the wheel, but clearly they missed the fact that 2012 was an election year in the United States, and that predicting change became no mean task with orders of magnitude of difficulty. Nonetheless, I will attempt to gaze into my crystal ball and give my predictions for the next little while.

The promise of personalized medicine has been swirling around in the minds of brilliant people for well over a decade now, but we are patiently awaiting the results to impact our daily lives. Throughout the past 10-15 years, advances in the personalized medicine field have been somewhat slow to appear on the landscape. We should not be too discouraged by this advancing timeline, since we are still waiting for a cure for cancer after many decades of highly-funded research. Yet, each day, scientists are discovering more and more biomarkers with the potential to move us closer the reality of personalized medicine.

These biomarkers are not only predicting diseases—they are identifying companion diagnostics, indicating response levels to ... read more »

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Companion Diagnostics – Partnering for Personalized Medicine

September 15, 2010 · 3 comments

Industry Insights from Paul Meade, M. Sc, MPH

When the Human Genome Project was finally completed with the mapping of the genetic sequences of our DNA, there were many predictions about how the face of medicine would change forever. We would finally figure out how to cure diseases linked to genetic aberrations, find ways to enhance our interaction with the environment, and develop medicines that are tailored to fit our unique genome. But a decade later, we are all aware of just how painfully slow progress has been to date. However, one area that is advancing steadily is the use of companion diagnostics.

Everyone was quick to point to Herceptin and the prototype example of a diagnostic test that was required to be use prior to prescribing this chemotherapeutic agent for women with breast cancer that over-expressed the HER2/neu gene. But now there are more examples of such companion diagnostics, and the list continues to grow.

What does all this mean for the future of medicine, and the interaction among the diagnostic and biopharmaceutical companies? When we can go to a physician’s office, be correctly diagnosed, and then given a medicine to take knowing in advance that we will have a high probability of responding, without suffering from annoying side effects, then we will have personalized medicine.

Does that mean that people will have ... read more »

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