NEW YORK & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY), and Boston Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit, academic medical center, today announced a multi-year joint research study to identify and analyze potential sensitivity and resistance markers in patients treated with standard-of-care checkpoint inhibitors. The comprehensive, multi-dimensional study will place an emphasis on uncovering mechanisms associated with lack of response to Immuno-Oncology (I-O) therapies, with the ultimate goal of identifying prognostic and potentially predictive I-O biomarkers in a variety of cancers.
“Our newly opened R&D site in Kendall Square is focused on better understanding, and ultimately overcoming, the challenge of I-O resistance. We are thrilled to establish our first partnership since the site opened with our new neighbor, Boston Medical Center, with the goal of uncovering new insights into the biology of cancer and how it evolves with exposure to I-O intervention,” said Saurabh Saha, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and global head of translational medicine, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “The information we glean from this collaboration will ultimately inform the development of novel therapeutic strategies to improve response rates and outcomes for patients.”
Through the study, researchers will explore the role of tissue and circulating biomarkers on treatment sensitivity and resistance. In addition, scientists will investigate the role of the microbiome as a potential predictive biomarker in patients receiving treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors.
“Boston Medical Center serves a diverse patient population, with 70 percent of our patients coming from underserved communities,” said Matthew Kulke, M.D., chief of hematology/oncology at Boston Medical Center. “These patients are sorely underrepresented in current research studies. We look forward to partnering with Bristol-Myers Squibb on this study to identify and assess biomarkers across a diverse patient population, providing us with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of I-O resistance.”
The two organizations will jointly conduct the research throughout the duration of the study, after which Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boston Medical Center may collaborate to publish results.
Bristol-Myers Squibb opened its Cambridge R&D site, located in Kendall Square, on November 26, 2018.
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About Boston Medical Center
Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 487-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution, receiving more than $116 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2017. It is the 15th largest recipient of funding in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health among independent hospitals. In 1997, BMC founded Boston Medical Center Health Plan, Inc., now one of the top ranked Medicaid MCOs in the country, as a non-profit managed care organization. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet – 14 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit http://www.bmc.org.
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