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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute Announce Groundbreaking Partnership to Accelerate Drug Approvals
Date:10/9/2007

his partnership is that it breaks down barriers often associated with clinical trial participation," said John Sweetenham, M.D., Taussig's director of clinical research. "The strides made under this partnership will accelerate the process of developing and delivering new, more advanced drugs for patients and will allow us to bring these needed treatments out to people in their own communities without them having to travel downtown."

While most national clinical trials are conducted by cooperative groups -- vast networks of physicians, researchers, medical centers and universities across the country -- the Society-backed Cleveland Clinic program will greatly streamline the process and expedite the advancement of new drugs, since the trials will all be conducted by a single clinical center. The partnership aims to undertake more than six clinical trials over the next three years, enrolling 100 to 150 patients, increasing the number of trials typically completed for these types of cancers in this timeframe.

The Society, which has set as one of its strategic goals the acceleration of blood cancer therapies by enrolling more people in clinical trials, has access to new therapies and will help determine which drugs should be tested.

The Taussig Cancer Institute will help design the trials and administer them. The organizations will co-fund the effort.

"Bureaucracy is the silent killer in cancer," said Dr. DeGennaro. "This partnership will enable us to address many of the serious bottlenecks that delay the development of new therapies for blood cancer patients. Our ultimate goal is to get new treatments to patients faster and save more lives."

After the three-year pilot, future plans for the program include potentially extending it to the National Cancer Institute Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, in which both Taussig and the Ireland Cancer Center partner.

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