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NCCN Receives $2 Million in Oncology Research Funding from Boehringer Ingelheim to Investigate Afatinib in Solid Tumors

NCCN recently received a $2 million research grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to gain further insight into the use of the investigational compound Afatinib (BIBW 2992) in solid tumors. Investigators from NCCN Member Institutions are eligible to apply for the research funding.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) has been awarded a $2 million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop a program to scientifically evaluate and define the clinical effectiveness of Afatinib (BIBW 2992) in solid tumors, including breast, head and neck, and non-small cell lung (NSCL) cancers.

We are excited and grateful to Boehringer Ingelheim for the opportunity to collaborate on research for Afatinib. This research grant will support innovative studies to help scientists and clinicians find new directions to advance the field of oncology. Our collaboration will provide a forum for the open exchange of information to better define the clinical application for the use of Afatinib in a variety of cancer types, stated Diane Paul, MS, RN, vice president, ORP, NCCN.

The first phase of the program will involve the establishment of an NCCN Afatinib Request for Proposals Development Team to evaluate existing data and to discuss and define the data and type of studies necessary to further characterize the clinical effectiveness of Afatinib in selected solid tumors.

Afatinib is an oral, once-daily, targeted investigational compound currently being investigated for various tumor types, such as NSCL, breast, head and neck, and colorectal cancers and glioblastoma. It is a next generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor, which is an irreversible inhibitor of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Afatinib is currently in Phase III clinical development for NSCL and breast cancers.

The NCCN ORP draws on the expertise of investigators at NCCN Member Institutions to facilitate all phases of clinical research. This research is made possible by collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in order to advance therapeutic options for patients with cancer. The NCCN ORP will utilize the grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to support investigator-initiated clinical and correlative studies at its NCCN Member Institutions for Afatinib. To date, this successful research model has received more than $34 million in research grants and provided 86 investigators with funding for clinical and correlative trials that have produced numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a not-for-profit alliance of 30 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care so patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. By defining and advancing high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers around the world.

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital