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Recently, researchers at Mount Sinai were able to develop a therapeutic agent that shows high levels of effectiveness in Vitro disrupting a biological pathway that allow cancer to survive. This finding is according to a paper which was published in Cancer Discovery, which is a Journal of the American Association of cancer research in July 2021.

The therapy in which they focus on is a molecule named MS21, which causes the degradation of AKT which is an enzyme that is very active and present in cancers. In this study there was much evidence that pharmacological degradation of AKT is a feasible treatment for cancer’s which have a mutation in certain genes. 

AKT is a cancer gene that encodes an enzyme that is abnormally activated in cancer cells to stimulate tumor growth. The degradation of AKT reverses all these processes which ultimately inhibits further tumor growth.

“Our study lays a solid foundation for the clinical development of an AKT degrader for the treatment of human cancers with certain gene mutations,” said Ramon Parsons, MD, Ph.D., Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute and Ward-Coleman Chair in Cancer Research and Chair of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Examination of 44,000 human cancers identified that 19 percent of tumors have at least one of these mutations, suggesting that a large population of cancer patients could benefit from therapy with an AKT degrader such as MS21.”


MS21 was tested and human cancer derived cell lines, is used in Laboratories as a model to study the efficacy of different cancer therapies.

At Mount Sinai they were looking to develop MS21 with an industry partner in order to open clinical trials for patients. 

“Translating these findings into effective cancer therapies for patients is a high priority because the mutations and the resulting cancer-driving pathways that we lay out in this study are arguably the most commonly activated pathways in human cancer, but this effort has proven to be particularly challenging,” said Jian Jin, Ph.D., Mount Sinai Professor in Therapeutics Discovery and Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Therapeutics Discovery at Icahn Mount Sinai. “We look forward to an opportunity to develop this molecule into a therapy that is ready to be studied in clinical trials.”


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Original article: 

Researchers develop novel therapy that could be effective in many cancers

staff, S. X. (2021, July 23). R. Medical Xpress – by The Mount Sinai Hospital


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A collaborative effort in reaching the set targets in a stipulated time frame is inevitable in every walk of life and the pharmaceutical industry seems to be in no exception. New products identification and their evaluation in terms of their safety and efficacy towards the targeted disease condition and finally bringing them to the needy as quickly as possible is a continuous and tedious process.

In order to minimize the time lines across the drug development process thru the market one may (have to) seek for external collaboration while safely and strategically harnessing the in-house resources to break new grounds in the field.

External collaboration will bring-in new talent into the existing system of Science and Business of the firm, whether small, mid-sized, or big company, that could lead to great innovations and investments on a win-win basis.

It is anticipated that Oncology therapeutic area will reach approximately $75 billion in global spending by 2015. OncoProducts continue to dominate the global therapeutics market and it is the leading research therapeutic, with 672 oncology drugs in development.

Conducting clincal trails is very challenging because:

  • clinical trials can vary in size from a single center in one country to multicenter trials in multiple countries.
  • Cost incur in a full series of clinical trials is enormous.
  • of the burden of paying for all the necessary people and services is usually borne by the sponsor.

Clinical trails can take place only after satisfactory information has been gathered on the quality of the nonclinical safety, and health authority/ethics committee approval is granted in the country where the trial is taking place.

Depending on the type of product and the stage of its development, investigators enroll healthy volunteers and/or patients into small pilot studies initially, followed by larger scale studies as and when positive safety and efficacy data are gathered.

Such a rigorous evaluation in clinical trials that assess effcacy and safety in appropriate patient populations are critical to the continued development of the highly sensitive targeted therapies. The challenges to such studies, especially in phase I, are particularly great in oncology and cannot be met solely by most small- to mid-size oncology companies’.

Thus, though many companies have a range of talent and tools to apply to trials, often a clinical trial is managed by an outsourced partner, such as a Contract Research Organization or a Clinical Trials Unit. Moreover partnering with external organizations can bolster expertise and experience to ensure successful trial outcomes in terms of quality, data and time.

One such organization to partner with to successfully conduct and complete especially optimizing early phase, which is most challenging, oncology clinical trails is “NOVELLA Clinical”.

Novella is a specialty clinical research organization (CRO), that offers a range of services ranging from protocol development thru data analysis, that can be tailored to and mesh seamlessly with a sponsor’s specific needs.

When selecting a sponsor one must consider the following:

  • Expert scientific staff availability
  • Synergistic clinical trail models (e.g., PM/CTM clubbing or effective coordination where possible)
  • Clinical site selection expertise
  • Clinical trail efficiency through Operation Excellence that uses eClinical technologies (e.g., EDC, CTM)
  • Effective Cohort Management
  • Quality Data Documentation, and last but not least
  • ‘Trust’.

Therefore selecting a specialty oncology CRO especially for early stage oncology trials is important and moreover partners bring sponsors ‘results that lay the foundation’ for advanced efficacy trials in the most appropriate oncology patients, particularly when acquired in a time- and cost-effective manner.

Sponsors interested, especially the small- to mid-size pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who may be planning early stage oncology clinical trials, in taking advantages offered by “NOVELLA Clinical” can visit the source for further details.

 For further reading:

Website: “NOVELLA Clinical”



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