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Opportunities and Challenges in Cancer Innovations

Progress is being made in the long-standing battle to effectively treat and control cancer. The National Cancer Institute projects that nearly five million more US citizens are expected to survive cancer in 2026 than in 2016 (1). Therapeutic tools like nextgeneration sequencing and advances in immunotherapy are just two ways that fundamental scientific breakthroughs and innovative thinking are moving the potential for cancer treatment forward.

One of the most revolutionary breakthroughs in this new era is cell and gene therapy. At its most basic definition, gene therapy (also called human gene transfer) is the therapeutic delivery of nucleic acid into a patient’s cells as a drug to treat disease. According to The Journal of Gene Medicine, somewhere around 2,600 gene therapy clinical trials have been undertaken in 38 countries around the world as of November 2017 (2).

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Dr Ger Brophy is Executive Vice President of Biopharma Production at Avantor. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s biopharma production and supporting the current and future needs of customers. Prior to joining Avantor, Ger held a variety of R&D, strategy, advanced systems, and business development positions in the healthcare space with GE Healthcare Life Sciences, GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics, and Amersham for nearly 30 years. He earned a BSc in biotechnology as well as a PhD in molecular biology from Dublin City University, Ireland.
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