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Cancer Vaccine Consortium Changes Name to Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium

New name reflects broader focus on the next wave in cancer treatment

NEW YORK, NY – March 18, 2010 – The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that supports and coordinates laboratory and clinical efforts to harness the disease-fighting power of the immune system to treat, control, and prevent cancer, announced today that its program, the Cancer Vaccine Consortium—a leading global initiative on cancer vaccine research and development comprising industry, academia, and government institutions—has changed its name to the Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium (CIC).  

The name change reflects the broad coverage of CIC activities in the research and development of immune-based treatments for cancer in addition to therapeutic cancer vaccines. Since 2002, the CVC has served the cancer immunotherapy community with initiatives and solutions that were widely applicable to all forms of immunotherapies, from immunomodulatory antibodies to vaccines.  The CVC name and its implied focus on cancer vaccines did not previously reflect this breadth.

Axel Hoos, M.D., Ph.D., co-chair of the executive committee of the Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium and medical lead in Immunology/Oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, made the announcement today at the opening of the 11th Annual Colloquium of the Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium, taking place March 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The conference, organized by the Cancer Research Institute, has brought together more than 110 leaders of the field from around the world to discuss the biology of clinical success in cancer immunotherapy, a central topic for the field. 

“The new name emphasizes to our membership and the greater cancer immunotherapy community CIC’s commitment to provide a platform for addressing all types of cancer immunotherapies including vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and other modalities,” said Hoos. “The years 2009 and 2010 are indicating a turning point for the field with clinical trial successes for different types of immunotherapies that can benefit patients in need. The initiatives of CIC have contributed to enabling this trend, and the CIC’s new name reflects this contribution.”  

“As a program within the Cancer Research Institute’s clinical investigation initiatives,” said Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., executive director of CRI, “CIC is part of a larger spectrum of cancer immunotherapy clinical research and development that encompasses academic and industry efforts to discover, test, and refine immune-based cancer therapies. This includes working in concert with synergistic programs such as the  Cancer Vaccine Collaborative, an academic clinical trials network for translational research studies with immunotherapies, which is coordinated jointly between the Cancer Research Institute and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.” 

CIC membership currently stands at 70 companies, academic institutions, and nonprofit or government agencies, including major biopharmaceutical companies, established and start-up biotechnology companies, leading academic research universities, and nonprofit health research associations. This broad representation of cancer immunotherapy stakeholders participating in the CIC provides unique opportunities for members and meeting attendees to contribute to community-wide initiatives that provide practical solutions to key challenges facing the field.

In addition to the new name, CRI has adopted a new logo for the CIC and has updated its Web site (http://www.cancerresearch.org/cic) to reflect the new changes.

 


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About the Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium
The Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium (CIC), a program of the U.S.-based nonprofit Cancer Research Institute, is an international association of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and academic institutions that share a common interest in cancer immunotherapy research and development. 

CIC’s mission is to improve patient care by making cancer immunotherapies part of the standard-of-care in oncology.  CIC provides a platform that allows its stakeholders to advance the field through collaboration, focus, data- and consensus-driven initiatives, and premier expertise to achieve solutions to scientific and developmental challenges within the immunotherapy community.

Established in 2002 as the Cancer Vaccine Consortium, then under the auspices of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, the newly named Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium became part of the Cancer Research Institute in January of 2008. Since its founding, the CIC has conducted and published results from a number of highly successful community initiatives that address issues of clinical paradigm development, immune assay harmonization, clinical trial endpoints, and regulatory dialogue, among others.

For more information about the CIC, visit http://www.cancerresearch.org/cic.

About the Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), established in 1953, is the world’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to transforming cancer patient care by advancing scientific efforts to develop new and effective immune system-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and eventually cure all cancers. Guided by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Council that includes three Nobel laureates and 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, CRI has invested $263 million in support of research conducted by immunologists and tumor immunologists at the world’s leading medical centers and universities, and has contributed to many of the key scientific advances that demonstrate the potential for immunotherapy to change the face of cancer treatment. To learn more, go to www.cancerresearch.org