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Bristol-Myers Squibb chooses UCLA as latest research partner

Published on 14/12/15 at 05:14pm
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BMS has signed up UCLA as its latest academic partner in a US-based research program

Pharma firm Bristol-Myers Squibb is entered into a new collaboration agreement with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as part of a research program in the US.

The company’s Immuno-Oncology Rare Population Malignancy (I-O RPM) research program is an initiative BMS is running with academic-based cancer research centres, focused on the clinical investigation of immuno-oncology therapeutics as potential treatment options for patients with high risk, poor prognostic cancers, defined as a rare population malignancy.

The US firm has already agreed a deal with Johns Hopkins University, to conduct a range of early stage clinical studies, as part of the program. BMS is also working with the Moffatt Cancer Centre in Florida as part of the program.

Bristol-Myers Squibb and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will conduct a range of early phase clinical studies as part of the I-O RPM research program, and Bristol-Myers Squibb will fund positions within UCLA’s fellowship program in the UCLA Division of haematology and oncology.]

“The I-O RPM research program is an important complement to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s broad research and development program for immuno-oncology,” says Dr Laura Bessen, who is head of US medical at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She adds: “We look forward to working with UCLA in an effort to continue advancing the science in this innovative field of research and cancer treatment.”

The I-O RPM research program focuses on significant areas of high unmet need marked by poor outcomes among patients with rare population malignancies: a subpopulation within a higher incident disease population. These patients have aggressive disease with an increased potential for early metastasis to multiple sites and/or are initially refractory or subject to early recurrences with conventional cancer therapies.

Lilian Anekwe

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