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David Fabrizio on the Use of Genomic Profiling to Predict Patient Response to Cancer Treatment

Genomic-based solutions can help identify which cancer patients will respond better to treatment based on biomarkers, said David Fabrizio of Foundation Medicine, Inc.


Genomic-based solutions can help identify which cancer patients will respond better to treatment based on biomarkers, said David Fabrizio of Foundation Medicine, Inc.

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Do you think the immunotherapy field needs a different approach to predict patient response to treatment?

Yeah, absolutely. I think right now IHC [immunohistochemistry] is the current method, and I spoke to some of the limitations, I think there are significant limitations to IHC. I think we need genomic-based solutions, quantitative solutions that can be universally adopted. So something like tumor mutational burden [TMB], which can be measured through comprehensive genomic profiling, is a solution.

And we know this because we’ve looked at the utility over more than 500 patients right now, in disease areas that include non-small cell lung cancer, bladder cancer, and metastatic melanoma, and we’ve published these results showing that you can identify biomarker-positive patients that in some cases lived 3 times longer than the negative group without their disease getting any worse, and that’s in lung cancer. In the bladder and melanoma studies, the biomarker-positive groups for TMB weren’t reached, the median survival wasn’t reached, compared to the ones who were negative. So it does have resounding clinical utility, and I think we’re going to start to see that expand to other indications.

 
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