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Biomarkers will be key to winning the race to a successful AD drug. Even then, drugmakers must build the infrastructure for getting therapy to the right patients at the right time.
Immuno-oncology’s challenge is to orchestrate a biomarker program in a highly competitive drug development landscape knowing that prior to having significant clinical experience, the program is unlikely to yield the kinds of binary measurements used to define and select a patient population for a targeted therapy.
The oncology community believes that immunotherapy will be foundational, in the same way that combination chemotherapy became the backbone of treatment in the 1970s. The marching order is to trial broadly, quickly, making clinical development particularly well-suited for Big Pharma.
With current technology and resources, a well-funded in vitro diagnostics company can create and pursue a strategy of information gathering and informatics application to create medical knowledge, enabling it to assume the risk and manage certain segments of patients. But few if any pharma or diagnostics firms appear poised to take advantage.