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Conference Forum Speaker Dr. Edith Perez on The People Behind the Data

  • December 7, 2015

  • Conference Forum speaker Dr. Edith Perez, VP and Head of BioOncology, US Medical Affairs for Genentech recently wrote a blog piece that discusses the value of patients and how their involvement in clinical trials can help further research and development.


    Dr. Edith Perez at Immuno-Oncology 360°

    The p
    eople behind the data – they are the true heroes helping us find the next cancer breakthrough.”

    – Edith Perez, MD, Genentech

    Dr. Perez joined us last year at our inaugural Immuno-Oncology 360° program to discuss clinical trial design and management for cancer immunotherapies.

    At that program, we featured a patient, Jamie Goldfarb, who had stage 4 melanoma and is now cancer free as a result of participating in an immunotherapy clinical trial. Jamie Goldfarb is now a patient advocate and helps provide a patient’s insight in clinical development and trial design. Jaime will be joining us this year for our 3rd Annual Patients as Partners Conference.

    This correlates to Dr. Perez’ position on patient involvement in her recent post.

    Abstract: In my work in oncology over the past 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in both research and patient care. These two fields use strikingly different approaches to achieve the same overarching goal—fighting cancer. Research is a tedious process. First, we start in the lab. We test, we tweak, and sometimes we fail before moving forward. Patient care is just the opposite. There is no room for testing or trial and error. When peoples’ lives are at risk, we do everything we can to treat the disease quickly based on what we know and make it go away.

    But ultimately, research advances do not exist without people.

    Read the full blog here:

    By means of our 3rd Annual Patients as Partners program, we too are helping to provide an outlet to ensure that patients are having a hand in helping drive clinical development and outcomes along with improving their experiences in clinical trials. We are working with patients, advocates, industry, regulatory amongst many others to share strategies to increase patient involvement across the clinical development continuum.

    To learn more about the 3rd Annual Patients as Partners conference visit: