Tuesday, June 25 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
#264: Immuno-Oncology Product Development: Overcoming Scientific and Regulatory Challenges

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Component Type: Session
Level: Advanced
CE: ACPE 1.25 Application UAN: 0286-0000-19-615-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

The development of immuno-oncology products has spanned decades, culminating in approvals for the use of immune modulating cytokines, monoclonal antibodies, fusion proteins, genetically modified T cells, cancer vaccines and oncolytic vectors, for the treatment of cancer. Currently there are hundreds of immuno-oncology products in clinical trials.

This session will provide an overview of immuno-oncology products, highlighting the relevant preclinical safety regulations and potential safety concerns ascribed to different categories of products. Preclinical development challenges, such as, selecting the relevant pharmacology and toxicology models, distinguishing pharmacologic from toxicologic responses, and justifying first in human dose, will be discussed. Case examples highlighting the preclinical testing strategies that are being applied to evaluate the pharmacology and safety of immuno-oncology drugs will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

Describe immuno-oncology products, including the potential safety concerns ascribed to different immunotherapeutic modalities; Identify the regulatory requirements (and/or challenges) associated with preclinical safety evaluation for different modalities of immuno-oncology drugs; Discuss the preclinical testing strategies that are being applied to evaluate the pharmacology and safety of immuno-oncology products through case study presentations.


Laurie Iciek, PhD


New Challenges for Developing HER2-Targeted Cancer Immunotherapeutics
Karin Staflin, PhD

Strategies for Preclinical Safety Assessment of Immune-Oncology Biologics
Simone Nicholson, PhD

Challenges in Predicting Animal-to-Human Safety for Immune-Stimulatory Agents from Toxicology Studies
Theresa Sweeney, PhD

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Laurie Iciek

Senior Consultant, Nonclinical, Biologics Consulting
Laurie is currently a Sr. Nonclinical Consultant for Biologics Consulting. Previously she spent 17 years in industry as a lead Toxicologist for MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Abbott Laboratories, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her academic training is in cellular and molecular immunology and her... Read More →

Simone Nicholson

Toxicologist, AstraZeneca
Simone is a Toxicologist at MedImmune/AstraZeneca, she supports the safety assessment of multiple biologics modalities at all stages of development. Prior to her time at MedImmune, Simone performed in vivo pharmacology and safety studies at Dyax, the antibody library company. She... Read More →

Karin Staflin

Senior Scientist, Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Dr. Karin Staflin, PhD., DABT., is a Development Toxicologist within the Safety Assessment Group at Genentech. She is responsible for the safety assessment of early- to late-stage large and small molecule therapeutics, within a range of disease areas. Before joining the Development... Read More →
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Theresa Sweeney

Vice President, Safety Assessment, Nektar Therapeutics
Dr. Sweeney is currently the Vice President of Safety Assessment at Nektar Therapeutics where she leads a team responsible for evaluating the safety of both large and small molecule drugs. She has more than 25 years of drug development experience at Nektar and Genentech. Her professional... Read More →

Tuesday June 25, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 2 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA