In previous posts on this blog, our scientists have described the current state of precision medicine, particularly how it relates to companion diagnostics (CDx) and immuno-oncology. As an enterprise, we have been focused on this area of medicine essentially from the beginning, more than 20 years ago. LabCorp Diagnostics developed the clinical trials assay and served as the central lab for the testing of HER2-positive breast cancer during the development of trastuzumab. The company provided analytical testing data for the associated immunohistochemistry laboratory test resulting in the first companion diagnostic approved by the FDA. More recently, Covance was instrumental in supporting the drug development efforts for pembrolizumab, the therapy used successfully to treat former President Jimmy Carter’s melanoma, and its associated companion diagnostic. Continue reading
Jonathan Zung, Group President, Clinical Development & Commercialization Services, has only been at Covance for a short time, but he already has big plans for the future of our clinical and commercialization businesses, as well as fresh ideas on talent development.
We recently spoke with him to learn more about his passion for operational excellence, and ideas for helping us develop and nurture our own careers. Continue reading
Communications During Drug Development
Helping physicians and patients get access to new drugs and medical devices requires more than showing that a product works. In this article, we focus on the hurdles that the biopharmaceutical industry faces. Similar challenges face the medical device industry; however, as they say, the devil is in the details.
Typically, the first hurdles facing the biopharmaceutical industry are demonstrating that the product is safe and effective and that it can be consistently and reliably manufactured. However, a successful product launch also requires surmounting the hurdles of reimbursement and commercialization. Continue reading