Immunotherapy: Transformation of Therapies for Blood Cancer

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Release date: February 15, 2017 | Expiration date: February 15, 2018


To learn more about the field of immunology, view this webcast of the symposium Immunotherapy: Transformation of Therapies for Blood Cancer held December 2, 2016, in San Diego, California. The symposium was designed to provide a deeper understanding about how to harness the body’s own defenses to improve outcomes for patients with hematologic malignancies. Some of the most promising areas of research and emerging immunotherapies include tumor-specific T-cell–directed therapies, immunocheckpoint regulators, small molecule immunomodulatory drugs, specific antibodies that engage tumor and immune cells, and vaccines with neo-antigens. With recent approvals of several immunotherapies for the treatment of hematologic malignancies researchers and clinicians must stay informed about currently available agents, emerging research in immunotherapy, and ongoing clinical trials to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

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This activity is designed for hematologists and oncologists who diagnose and treat patients with hematologic malignancies, allied health care professionals involved with and/or interested in patients with hematologic malignancies, and researchers studying hematologic malignancies.


The activity was designed to help clinicians:

  • Interpret the clinical significance of recent advances in immunology and approved immunotherapeutics
  • Evaluate the current status and therapeutic potential of diverse immunotherapies for hematologic malignancies
  • Assess the safety and efficacy of immunotherapies and immunomodulatory drugs


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Renier J. Brentjens, MD, PhD
Associate Member
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Faculty Member, Pharmacology
Weill Medical College
Cornell University
New York, New York

Disclosures: Consultant Fees: Juno Therapeutics, Inc.
Scientific Co-founder: Juno Therapeutics, Inc.
Stockholder: Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

Philippe Armand, MD, PhD
Senior Physician, Medical Oncology
Member, Lymphoma and Myeloma Program
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Disclosures: Consultant Fees: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc.
Grants/Research Support: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sequenta, Inc., Adaptive Biotechnologies, Tensha Therapeutics Inc., Roche.

Carl H. June, MD
Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Disclosures: Grants/Research Support: Novartis
Royalty Recipient: Novartis
Stockholder: Tmunity Therapeutics, Inc.

Ronald Levy, MD
Robert K. and Helen K. Summy Professor of Medicine
Director, Lymphoma Program
Stanford University School of Medicine
Associate Director, Translational Science
Stanford Cancer Institute
Stanford, California

Disclosures: Consultant Fees: BeiGene, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., Immune Design, Innate Pharma, Kite Pharma
Grants/Research Support: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Dynavax Technologies Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC
Stockholder: Merck & Co., Inc.

Drew M. Pardoll, MD, PhD
Abeloff Professor of Oncology, Medicine,
Pathology and Molecular Biology and Genetics
Co-Director, Cancer Immunology and Hematopoiesis Program
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Disclosures: Grants/Research Support: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Holder of Intellectual Property Rights: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, MedImmune/AstraZeneca
Consultant Fees: Amgen Inc., MedImmune/AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline plc., Pfizer Inc

Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Associate Member, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Seattle, Washington

Disclosures: Grants/Research Support: Amgen Inc., Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., Covagen AG, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Consultant Fees: Amgen Inc., Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., Covagen AG, Emergent Biosolutions Inc, Janssen Global Services, LLC, Pfizer Inc, Seattle Genetics, Inc.



Adoptive Cellular Therapies
Carl H. June, MD

Bispecific Antibody Therapy of Acute Leukemia
Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS

Checkpoint Blockade*
Philippe Armand, MD, PhD

Rational Combinations With Immunotherapeutics
Ronald Levy, MD

Established and Novel Targets in Immunotherapy
Drew M. Pardoll, MD, PhD

Recap of Key Points
Renier J. Brentjens, MD, PhD

*Slides will not be released for this presentation



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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Bio Ascend.



This activity is coordinated and supported in part by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Educational grant support is provided by Acerta Pharma – A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Celgene Corporation, and KITE Pharma.

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