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April 2017



Targets Early Diagnosis of Cancer

The early diagnosis of cancer - which will affect 1 in 2 of us - dramati-

cally increases survival rate. This suggests that research into better

diagnostic tools should be an urgent priority, and indeed that is the

case in the USA. Although only about 25% of the US cancer research

budget is for diagnosis, there is significant activity in liquid biopsy,

DNA sequencing, and machine learning to advance early stage diag-

nosis. Emergence of interest in diagnostic methods has been slower

in Europe, with some notable exceptions. However, developing the

technology is only part of the problem; it is also necessary to over-

come significant regulatory and clinical hurdles to get new technology

adopted into healthcare practice.


is undertaking three inter-related projects to advance the

early diagnosis of cancer:

International Conferences

Following the

Workshop w

e held in 2016,


will be hold-

ing a 2-day conference,

Sensors for Cancer Diagnosis


in London

in May - we will try to engage as many diagnostic technology projects

as possible. Additional conferences are planned for 2018

Mapping the DiagnosticTechnology Space


plans to map the global effort in development of new can-

cer diagnostic tools, and use that resource to rank the relative impor-

tance of those methods in clinical oncology

Formation of the Cancer Diagnostic Network

We have launched an open innovation network intended to link global

activities in cancer diagnostic developments - still in its early stages -

designed to create awareness and find solutions to common problems.

The CDN will have a quarterly Newsletter - see a sample of news

items on

Page 9

Whether or not you are involved in developing cancer diagnostic

tools, help us promote this technology; it will benefit all of us.

Cancer Diagnosis