Session Synopsis: Liquid Biopsy continues to generate interest among scientists and physicians, being easier to use for early diagnosis or when access to tissue is difficult. Adoption of the technology is slow, and the concentration of measurable biomarkers can vary from sample to sample. This session will discuss ways of breaking through the barriers to adoption, and the potential value to be gained through liquid biopsies.
Session Chair Profile
Ph.D., Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, Inivata
Dr. Beeler oversees Inivata’s business development activities globally. Spanning a 20 year career in pharmaceutical development and diagnostics, John has established partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies including GSK, Novartis, Gilead, and others. He holds a Masters degree in biology from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
M.D., Chair, Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, Levine Cancer Institute
Edward S. Kim, MD is Chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics and the Donald S. Kim Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research at the Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Kim was previously at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Head and Neck Medical Oncology and Director of Clinical Research Operations in the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology. Dr Kim received his Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) at Northwestern University and his fellowship in medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Kim studies novel targeted agents in the treatment and prevention settings and has expertise in lung, head and neck cancers. He chaired the Department of Defense Biomarker-based Approaches of Targeted Therapy for Lung Cancer Elimination (BATTLE) personalized medicine program in lung cancer. Dr Kim is the author or coauthor of more than 100 published articles, book chapters, reviews in journals such as Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Discovery, Clinical Cancer Research Cancer, and Cancer Prevention Research, involving cancer therapeutics and prevention with chemotherapy and novel targeted agents, with particular emphases on lung cancer and head and neck cancer.
ctDNA in the Routine Management of Cancer Patients: Opportunities and Challenges
Liquid biopsies have tremendous potential for unlocking deep insights into the biology of a patient’s cancer in real-time. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what these technologies could enable. As we continue to learn more, what questions should we be asking and when do we start using the information from these technologies to guide our decision making?