Big Pharma Just Bet $10 Billion On A Cancer Drug Startup. Here's Why.

Question: What do WhatsApp and a little-known (until recently) cancer research startup named Stemcentrx have in common? Answer: They're the top two largest private venture-backed acquisitions in history, after pharmaceutical giant AbbVie acquired the drug company earlier this month in a deal that values it at as high as $10 billion. (Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion.) Not bad for a company that has yet to bring a product to market. What Stemcentrx (pronounced "stem-centrix") does have, however, is a unique -- and somewhat controversial -- approach to treating several forms of cancer. While most of today's treatments view cancer as a result of unchecked cell growth, wherein any cell is capable of becoming cancerous, Stemcentrx believes that cancer primarily sprouts from only one cell type: cancer stem cells. Cells in our bodies are constantly dying and being birthed anew. This process relies on stem cells, which are basically just cells that can grow into many other different types of cells. Over time, Stemcentrx's Chief Science Officer Dr. Scott Dylla told HuffPost, those stem cells -- like any other cell -- can accumulate genetic mutations. Given enough mutations, says Dylla, they may begin "to act abnormally and no longer play nice with their neighbors." In other words, they become cancerous. The stem cell theory of cancer posits that rogue stem cells are responsible for growing and perpetuating cancer, and that, unless the stem ce...
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ConclusionA DTF-specific HRQL tool and consensus regarding the preferred measurement tool among DTF patients is lacking. Our study indicates that HRQL of DTF patients was negatively affected in several domains. A DTF-specific HRQL measure could improve our understanding of short- and long-term effects and, ideally, can be used in both clinic and for research purposes.
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Authors: Vajaitu C, Draghici CC, Solomon I, Lisievici CV, Popa AV, Lupu M, Caruntu C, Constantin MM, Voiculescu VM Abstract An important function of the immune system is its ability to differentiate between healthy cells in the organism and "foreign" cells, allowing the latest to be attacked and the first ones to be conserved. The most important molecules in this process are considered to be checkpoint inhibitors. This review is focused on the association between cancer and inflammation, underlying the mechanisms of action of monoclonal antibodies that are targeting checkpoint inhibitors: ipilimumab again...
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Source: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research - Category: Health Management Tags: Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res Source Type: research
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Three female tech entrepreneurs shared their entrepreneurial journeys Monday evening, from dealing with self-doubt to running a business during breast cancer treatment. The local entrepreneurs who spoke as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week:  Dr. Kim Gandy is CEO and founder of Play-it Health, which developed an adherence platform with incentives for transplant patients and those with chronic conditions. Linda Van Horn is CEO and founder of iShare Medical, wh ich provides secure, HIPAA-compliant…
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