GSK launches global consortium with six renowned cancer research centres
-- Oncology Clinical and Translational Consortium (OCTC) to
include centres in US, Canada, France, the Netherlands and
-- Projects to focus on clinical trials including combination
therapies, as well as translational research
LONDON, UK and PHILADELPHIA, PA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - GlaxoSmithKline plc
[LSE/NYSE: GSK] announced today the formation of the Oncology Clinical and
Translational Consortium (OCTC), a collaborative scientific research network
comprised of six internationally renowned comprehensive cancer centres. The
centres include Gustave Roussy (Villejuif, France), University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, US), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
(New York, US), Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam, the Netherlands),
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (Toronto, Canada)
and Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology - VHIO (Barcelona, Spain). The
creation of the consortium underscores GSK's commitment to developing
innovative patient therapies through rational combination and collaboration
with external partners to access, cultivate, and stimulate scientific
In forming the consortium, GSK will gain OCTC's expertise in preclinical,
translational and clinical development of novel anticancer therapeutics
including kinase inhibitors, epigenome modulating compounds and
immunotherapies, which are key areas of focus of GSK's cancer research drug
discovery. The centres will have access to studies with GSK's early stage
oncology pipeline and opportunities to advance the next generation of novel
oncology therapeutics. OCTC will foster scientific collaboration among the
members and GSK.
Consortium members were selected for their international leadership and
expertise in oncology research. Members will ensure operational alignment,
collaborating on processes to ensure the highest quality standards for
collection of biological samples, as well as conduct of biomarker and clinical
"Each OCTC member institution is recognised internationally as a leader in
clinical and translational research," said Rafael Amado, Head Oncology R&D at
GlaxoSmithKline."The consortium together with GSK will design and execute
research programs in a focused and expeditious way, allowing us to develop new
diagnostic tools and medicines to better treat cancer patients."
Projects driven through the OCTC will include Phase I/II single agent and
novel combination trials with GSK's targeted and immune therapies as well as
translational and preclinical studies.
GSK - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare
companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling
people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information
please visit www.gsk.com.
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