Precision Medicine in Immuno-Oncology: The Evolving Role of Current and Emerging Biomarkers - Improving Biomarker Testing Methods

Precision Medicine in Immuno-Oncology: The Evolving Role of Current and Emerging Biomarkers -
Improving Biomarker Testing Methods

Release Date: July 31, 2020
Last Reviewed: July 26, 2020
Expiration Date: July 31, 2021
Time to Complete Activity: 0.5 Hours

Michael J. Overman, MD

Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Lynette M. Sholl, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Associate Pathologist, Pathology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

This activity is jointly provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC and Educational Review Systems, Inc.

Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of oncology clinicians and pathologists. It may also be of benefit to pulmonologists, cytotechnologists, researchers, and other healthcare and laboratory professionals interested in immuno-oncology, precision medicine, and/or biomarker research.

Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Outline the latest data for the optimal use of immuno-oncology predictive biomarkers, including current and potential future roles, as well as understood limitations
  • Incorporate evidence-based best practices for performing immuno-oncology predictive biomarker testing, including optimal biopsy techniques, testing methodologies, diagnostic tools, and the potential for serum-based approaches

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Disclosure of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Michael J. Overman, MD 

Consulting Fees: Array BioPharma Inc; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; CatalYm; Gritstone Oncology; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Promega Corporation; Roche; Takeda
Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Merck & Co., Inc; Nouscom

Lynette M. Sholl, MD
Consulting Fees: AstraZeneca; EMD Serono, Inc

Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members have no financial relationships to disclose.

Educational Review Systems, Inc staff members have no financial relationships to disclose.

Peer reviewer, Marwan G. Fakih, MD, has the following relationships to disclose:
Retained Consultant: Array BioPharma, Seattle Genetics, Inc
Speakers Bureau: Amgen Inc.

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