Introduction of PET tracers to the WINTHER trial
Robert Dann – Global Strategy Leader, Oncology/Pathology, GE Healthcare
Hello, Robert Dann, you’re from GE Healthcare and we’re here at WIN and you are actually quite involved in WIN.
GE has been involved in WIN pretty much from the very beginning as the concept of this has taken shape.
And specifically I’ve heard that you’re actually involved in some of the imaging within the WINTHER study.
That’s the plan. We’re in discussions with the WIN organisation now about doing a companion protocol as part of the WINTHER study in which we would bring one of our PET tracers specific to angiogenesis into the study really to contribute to the validation of what the tracer does and see if that ultimately can bring it into useful clinical application with patients.
You’re not only involved in imaging, you hope to develop your relationship with WIN, I think.
Exactly. As a company, GE Healthcare has, until recently, been fairly focussed on the imaging side of cancer care. In the last couple of years we’ve moved pretty strongly into the in vitro side as well in that we acquired a lab out in California that does pathology work, we’ve also brought in a gene sequencing company in the US as well. We need to look to build on that, the products that those companies are working on, and use organisations like WIN for validation of such products.
What do you think of these types of consortia where we have academia meeting up with pharma?
This is unusual, the classic consortium would be academia only. I think this one opens up some new opportunities to really accelerate the development and validation of new diagnostics and therapeutics. We’re all very impatient, we want to see consortia like WIN go into action almost overnight. I think, against typical development of consortia plans, WIN has moved extremely quickly and that has required a huge force of will on the organisers to get it to that point. Naturally we’d all love to see things starting overnight and move this into action as quickly as possible. I think the potential is really quite large if we can make these combinations work such that everybody benefits. The proof will be in the end but it’s worth giving a try to, certainly.
Absolutely, thank you.