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Bridging the Gaps Around Oncology Biosimilars: Assessing the Potential Impact of Emerging Agents on Practices

Bridging the Gaps Around Oncology Biosimilars: Assessing the Potential Impact of Emerging Agents on Practices

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Dinner and registration: 6:30PM - 7:00PM
Scientific Session: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Hyatt Regency
Regency A/B
151 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Regency A/B is located on the Gold Level in the West Tower in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


As the cost of cancer therapeutics steadily rises and patents on biologic therapies for oncology near their expiration, interest in the development of lower-cost biosimilar or interchangeable biological products has increased. In March 2015, the FDA approved the first biosimilar. At present, biosimilars for trastuzumab, bevacizumab, rituximab, and cetuximab are in late-phase clinical study. The complexities of biologics and their production raise practical issues for the introduction of biosimilars compared with generic versions of traditional small-molecule drugs, including their evaluation, regulation, real-world use, nomenclature, and pharmacovigilance. Many of these issues are currently being debated and addressed by the FDA. It is critical for health care providers to understand these issues and the implications of regulatory decisions and for them to be ready to evaluate biosimilars for use in their own practice. During this activity, national experts will review and discuss aspects of biosimilars important to cancer care providers, including basic scientific principles of biosimilars and their production, FDA regulatory pathways and requirements, the intricacies of clinical study design and data interpretation, biosimilar agents under investigation in hematologic malignancies and solid tumors, and practical issues related to clinical integration. To help put new information into context, this program includes several interactive faculty panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions.

Target Audience:

This educational activity is directed toward medical oncologists. Nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, researchers, and other health care professionals interested in the treatment of cancer are also invited to participate.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better prepared to:

  • Summarize the developmental process of biosimilars, including their production complexities
  • Describe the unique regulatory process associated with the FDA’s approval of biosimilars
  • Interpret biosimilar efficacy and safety data from agents inside and outside the United States
  • Incorporate biosimilars into clinical practice for the treatment of patients with cancer
  • Discuss emerging agents in development for the treatment of various cancer types

Program Chair

Hope S. Rugo, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education
University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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