Programs

To tackle the human health challenges that face the world today, the FNIH develops collaborations with top experts from government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector and provides a neutral environment where we can work productively toward a common goal.

Biomarkers Consortium - Neuroscience Symposium

The Neuroscience Steering Committee, led by the FNIH and its co-chairs Dr. Linda Brady, Dr. Hartmuth Kolb, and the emeritus co-chair Dr. Bill Potter, is bringing together experts in the field of neuroscience from industry, NIH, FDA, and academia to present progress to date, next steps, and key obstacles that need to be addressed in order to drive biomarker development in a multitude of neuroscience focus areas. 

Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT)

https://fnih.org/sites/default/files/final/pdf/APPENDIX%20D_PACT%20Guidelines_v2_01142019_0.pdfThe Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT) is a five-year public-private research collaboration totaling $220 million launched by the National Institutes of Health, the FNIH and 12 leading pharmaceutical companies as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers — standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response — to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the FNIH.

Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Lecture and Internships

The Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Fund endows an annual lecture in neuroscience and one or more internships for high-school students at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

Biomarkers Consortium - Identification and Validation of ctDNA Quality Control Materials

The ctDNA Quality Control Materials project seeks to develop a set of nationally recognized standards to enable the production of suitable quality control materials that can be submitted for FDA clearance for widespread use in ctDNA testing. Once successfully developed and disseminated, these quality control materials will provide confidence in interpretation of ctDNA biomarker assay results, paving the way for more effective clinical research, therapeutic decision-making, regulatory evaluation, and reimbursement applications.

Biomarkers Consortium - Chemotherapeutic Impact on the Immune MicroEnvironment

Project results will help determine the effect of chemotherapy on malignant and non-malignant cells including immune cells. New biomarkers characterizing the TME before and after chemotherapy may be discovered that reflect cell composition, cell states, and cell-cell interaction.

Biomarkers Consortium – CSC Scientific Symposium

The Cancer Steering Committee (CSC) Scientific Symposium reviews advances in the field of biomarker and regulatory science that are relevant to the development of new public-private partnerships for precompetitive biomarkers. This review assists the CSC with planning future public- private partnerships in this area.

Biomarkers Consortium - Vol-PACT Phase II: Advanced metrics and modeling with Volumetric CT for Precision Analysis of Clinical Trial results

Vol-PACT is designed to analyze volumetric CT imaging trial data from completed industry phase II/III solid tumor trials to improve quantitative prediction of phase III trial results. The project seeks to develop novel imaging methods to more accurately measure cancer response and progression

Biomarkers Consortium - Vol-PACT: Advanced metrics and modeling with Volumetric CT for Precision Analysis of Clinical Trial results

The project seeks to analyze volumetric CT imaging trial data from completed industry phase II solid tumor trials to improve quantitative prediction of phase III results.

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 - 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.