publication date: May. 8, 2015
20150508 - May. 8, 2015
ISSUE 18 – MAY 8, 2015PDF

Nascent Group Points to a Way To Validate, Pay for Genomic Tests

How is this for a plan:

Replace the U.S. system for validation and payment for cancer genomic tests with something that actually makes sense.

Dane Dickson, a doctor in Idaho, who until recently had the distinction of being the only oncologist working under the roof of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, would like to do just that—and some important players in cancer research are betting on his success.

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

A Doctor’s Quest to Save Personalized Medicine

Dane Dickson would like to change the U.S. system for validation and coverage of molecular tests, thereby opening the road to development of complex tests and comprehensive genomic assays.

Recently, Dickson formed a nonprofit public-private partnership, called MED-C and published a white paper, which is posted here.

In an interview with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter, Dickson described his rationale for trying a new approach to solving this fundamental problem in personalized medicine.

Duke Settles with Potti’s Patients; Misconduct Probe Now in Fifth Year

Duke University has settled the suits filed by patients who were enrolled in clinical trials that were testing the technology developed by Anil Potti and his mentor Joseph Nevins.

By settling, Duke avoided having to confront embarrassing revelations about how much the university’s deans knew about the problems in the genomic research organization.


Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Gunsalus: Duke’s 4.5 Years is at Extreme End of Spectrum for a Misconduct Probe

The Cancer Letter invited C. K. Gunsalus, an expert on scientific misconduct, to discuss the settlement of the lawsuits against Duke.

Gunsalus is the director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, research professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, professor emerita, College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She runs a consulting company and is the author of The Young Professional’s Survival Guide (Harvard University Press, 2012) and The College Administrator’s Survival Guide (Harvard University Press, 2006).

In Brief

  • Dan Theodorescu and Seth Lerner named editors-in-chief of Bladder Cancer

  • UW Health, ProHealth Care, and Aurora Health Care agree to co-manage cancer center

  • GW Cancer Institute launches online patient navigation training

  • NIH raises nearly $700,000 for The Children’s Inn
  • Proton Partners selects companies to help supply U.K. proton beam centers
  • Moffitt Cancer Center and Aetna form oncology medical home model
  • Swedish Cancer Institute adopts Syapse software for its precision medicine program
Drugs and Targets

  • FDA grants breakthrough designation to Venetoclax

  • DanDrit Biotech USA forms collaboration with GISCAD Foundation

  • PhRMA report says member companies invested $51.2 billion in R&D

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