IMI's CANCER-ID: Status of liquid biopsy standardization

Klaus Pantel, Leon W. M. M. Terstappen, Barbara Baggiani, Thomas Krahn, Thomas Schlange

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The CANCER-ID ( consortium was established in early 2015 with more than 30 partners as part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Europe's largest public-private partnership funded in equal parts by the European Union and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). The goal is to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and qualify respective mature technologies for pre-analytical sample handling, enrichment, isolation and analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs), circulating free tumor DNA (ctDNA) and microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel blood-based biomarkers in cancer liquid biopsy, with a particular focus on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) and HER2-treatment refractory breast cancer. Over the 5-year period of the project, CANCER-ID will evaluate different technologies in the field, testing their clinical utility in multicenter clinical studies in support of regulatory approval of these devices. During the first year of the project, a number of different technology platforms have been implemented at several partner sites to establish SOPs with standardized blood samples spiked with selected cancer cell lines as standards. An important outcome of these studies are pre-analytical sample handling procedures, e.g. using different fixatives and tube systems as well as biobanking protocols that allow shipment and standardized long-term storage of liquid biopsy material. Most importantly, the knowledge generated within IMI's CANCER-ID will be used to establish and validate SOPs for the analysis of patient blood samples using different technologies, which represents a promising diagnostic tool holding the potential for optimized treatment decisions and therapeutic monitoring of cancer patients. The international exchange of human patient samples for research purposes poses a number of regulatory challenges linked to the different legal and ethical environments. The diverse national regulations for clinical samples and data require coordinated monitoring of interactions and guidance of the different partner organizations. As close collaboration with regulatory authorities is crucial for CANCER-ID to achieve its objectives, the consortium has established a contact with CDER/FDA via a Critical Path Innovation Meeting (CPIM). We will discuss the CANCER-ID approach to meet these many requirements and will present a matrix for coordinating such international efforts with stakeholders from different organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAbstract 1826
Pages (from-to)1826
JournalCancer research
Issue number14, supplement
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Event107th AACR Annual Meeting 2016 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 16 Apr 201620 Apr 2016
Conference number: 107


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