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Bayer’s regorafenib kicks off brain cancer platform trial

June 20, 2019 / Richard Staines

Bayer has become the first pharma company to take part in a new platform trial designed to find new treatments for brain cancer. GBM AGILE (Glioblastoma Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment) is an international trial testing several therapies for patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma. Using a master protocol, several therapies or combinations of therapies from pharma companies can be tested simultaneously, with potential treatments added or dropped from the phase 2/3 trial over time. The idea is to adopt a more efficient approach to testing new therapies for glioblastoma, and Bayer is starting proceedings by opening enrolment for US patients in an arm evaluating its cancer drug regorafenib. Sponsored by the non-profit charitable organisation the Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR), by the end of the year GBM AGILE will open in over 40 academic medical centres and community-based institutions across the US. There are plans to expand across Europe,...