Meir Rinde


COVID-19 Jumpstarts RNA Cancer Vaccine Field

April 8th 2021

The success of the COVID-19 vaccines based on messenger RNA has led to a surge of interest from investigators, pharmaceutical companies, and investors in similar technology for other diseases, including a number of oncology indications.

COVID-19 Spurs New Therapy Trends

March 12th 2021

When the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic started upending health care services throughout the United States a year ago, the oncology community moved quickly to develop guidance on selecting therapies and setting treatment schedules for many cancers to allow for less frequent in-patient visits to clinics and infusion centers.

Surge of New Drugs Fuels Optimism in Pediatric Oncology

February 4th 2021

The landscape for pediatric oncology drugs expanded dramatically last year, with 8 new drugs or indications specifically approved for children compared with just 47 for treatment and supportive care products from the early 1950s through 2019.

COVID-19 Sharpens Focus on Drug Holidays

December 3rd 2020

Having patients go on drug holidays or intermittent therapy is a common strategy during treatment of prostate cancer and several other malignancies, whether to provide temporary relief from adverse effects influencing quality of life, to prevent long-term health impacts, or to lessen drug resistance that would render the therapy ineffective.

CAR T-Cell Research Surges

November 16th 2020

Hundreds of trials are under way, 3 CAR T-cell therapies for hematologic malignancies are on the market, and 2 new products may receive FDA approval in the next several months, including a BCMA–directed therapy that is poised to help transform treatment of multiple myeloma.

First CRISPR Cancer Results Fuel Hope

March 30th 2020

Results from the first FDA-approved in-human trial of CRISPR-edited T cells for cancer treatment suggest that such therapies can be used safely in patients, allaying some of the concerns about potential AEs and advancing progress toward the development of more effective cell-based immunotherapies.

Breathing New Life Into Chemotherapy

March 2nd 2020

Although the development of chemotherapy-free regimens is a major thrust of oncology research, improvements to traditional cytotoxic therapy are actively being explored, with a focus on new formulations and delivery methods for agents that have been used for decades.

Genomic Era Trials Drive Discovery

December 2nd 2019

Innovative clinical trials designed to exploit the explosion of data on the drivers of cancer are demonstrating value as tools to explore potential signals of efficacy across tumor types, according to oncology experts. These studies have become a feature of the drug discovery landscape in oncology and are likely to remain part of the fabric of clinical research in the genomic era.

BRCA Rules Leave Patients Behind

November 1st 2019

Updated guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force on BRCA1/2 genetic testing recommend risk assessment, counseling, and genetic test-ing for women who meet certain criteria but fall short of encompassing important groups of individuals who are at risk for developing BRCA1/2 mutation–driven disease

New Data Establish Long-Term Efficacy for 2 Modern Modalities in NSCLC and Melanoma

October 4th 2019

For nearly a decade, immunotherapy and molecularly targeted agents have been the focus of intense development. Now emerging evidence suggests that both modalities can deliver long-term benefits for patients, but the findings may prompt additional questions of how best to fit these transformative therapies into treatment landscapes.