Biomarkers Consortium Programs

The identification of new biomarkers is an increasingly essential element of predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. To meet this need, The Biomarkers Consortium projects serve to develop promising biomarkers in order to help accelerate the delivery of successful new technologies, medicines and therapies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Working together, the members of the Biomarkers Consortium are building uniquely powerful collaborations that are increasing the development of biomarker-based technologies, medicines and therapies for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Biomarkers Consortium - Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia/Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia Clinical Endpoint Development (HABP/VABP)

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP) and Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia (VABP) Project aims to develop clinically relevant endpoints in clinical trials to improve antibacterial trial feasibility.

Biomarkers Consortium - High Definition Single Cell Analysis of Blood and Tissue Biopsies in Patients with Colorectal Cancer Undergoing Hepatic Metastasectomy

The project seeks to show that a liquid biopsy can serve as a source of rare circulating cells (CTCs) to comprehensively represent the traditional solid biopsy. The project is designed in two stages to demonstrate the correlation between liquid and solid biopsies in an observational clinical study with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients undergoing resection of liver metastases.

Biomarkers Consortium - I-SPY TRIAL-2 (Investigation of Serial Studies to Predict Your Therapeutic Response with Imaging and MoLecular Analysis): An Adaptive Breast Cancer Trial Design in the Setting of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

Phase II trial of novel investigative breast cancer agents in the neoadjuvant setting that uses biomarkers and adaptive design to accelerate the clinical trial process.

Biomarkers Consortium - Clinical Evaluation and Qualification of Translational Kidney Safety Biomarkers

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Kidney Safety Project aims to qualify novel biomarkers of drug-induced acute kidney injury.

Biomarkers Consortium - Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Detection in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Minimal residual disease (MRD) is the amount of disease detected by molecular or cellular means when the patient is in a clinical and pathological state of remission after treatment of leukemia. The goals of this project are to assess whether MRD may be an endpoint for use as a DDT and to standardize MRD measurement in adult precursor B-lineage ALL.

Biomarkers Consortium - Osteoarthritis Project

The Biomarkers Consortium - Osteoarthritis Project is a $3.4 million study aimed at determining which biomarkers have greater prognostic ability to measure early progression of structural and symptomatic changes in the joint over time and which are likely to predict treatment response better than the radiographic measurement of narrowing of joint space in knee OA patients. These new biomarkers are candidates for follow-on studies for evaluation and use in regulatory decision-making.

Biomarkers Consortium - Comparison of Two PET Radioligands to Quantify the Peripheral Benzodiazepine Receptor

The Biomarkers Consortium’s PET Radioligand Project, completed in December 2012, developed improved, more sensitive PET radioligands with higher binding to the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor. Findings from this study suggest that the [11C]PBR38 ligand, in particular, may be useful in detecting progression from mild cognitive impairment or treatment response in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Biomarkers Consortium - Establish Guidelines for Initial Diagnostic Criteria for “Sarcopenia with Clinically Important Weakness” and Associated Evidence for Treatment Benefit

The Sarcopenia 1 project launched in 2010 and aimed to establish the first evidence-based definition of sarcopenia (muscle weakness), which is still not recognized as a medical condition.

Biomarkers Consortium - Sarcopenia as a Valid Biomarker for Identifying Individuals at Risk of Disability

Sarcopenia 2 seeks to establish evidence-based cut-points for muscle mass and strength and determine their predictive validity for clinically meaningful outcomes (such as mobility, fractures, hospitalization and death); evaluate relative strength as a discriminator for mobility limitation and incident disability; and explore the potential usefulness of sarcopenia as a clinical endpoint in randomized clinical trials.

Biomarkers Consortium - Treatments Against RA and Effect on FDG PET-CT (TARGET Biomarker Study)

The Biomarkers Consortium’s TARGET Biomarker Study seeks to utilize validated proteomic biomarkers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity and inflammation to categorize baseline and disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-associated changes in vascular inflammation in RA patients.