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Investment in Oncology Drug Development Remains Strong as 133 Companies Initiate Late-Stage Clinical Trials Representing a 21% Increase
Date:6/2/2011

all decrease (16%) in the number of trial starts. "This could be the result of the apparent trend toward testing multiple cancer types together in one Phase II trial," noted Dr. Barkalow.

Twenty companies sponsored more than half of all the new trials during the year. Roche and Novartis initiated nearly twice as many as any other company, with Celgene, Lilly and Pfizer rounding out the top five.

ASCO meeting to highlight trials in progress

The upcoming annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to be held June 3 – 7, 2011 includes a poster session devoted to clinical trials in progress.  Nearly one-third of the abstracts scheduled for presentation in this session involve breast cancer. "This is a great opportunity to highlight features of ongoing trials, such as novel designs, and many of the trials reported in the Citeline trial starts analysis are likely to be included," commented Susan Danheiser, Citeline Senior Director for Oncology & Analytics. "This year again, Citeline will cover the clinical trials presented at the ASCO annual meeting, and it will be interesting to see how the landscape may change."  Multiple solid tumors and breast cancer were the leading areas of investigation for trials of all phases presented at last year's meeting, and Roche was the leading industry sponsor.

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