AACR-FDA-NCI Cancer Biomarkers Collaborative consensus report: advancing the use of biomarkers in cancer drug development

Clin Cancer Res. 2010 Jul 1;16(13):3299-318. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-10-0880. Epub 2010 May 25.


Recent discoveries in cancer biology have greatly increased our understanding of cancer at the molecular and cellular level, but translating this knowledge into safe and effective therapies for cancer patients has proved to be challenging. There is a growing imperative to modernize the drug development process by incorporating new techniques that can predict the safety and effectiveness of new drugs faster, with more certainty, and at lower cost. Biomarkers are central to accelerating the identification and adoption of new therapies, but currently, many barriers impede their use in drug development and clinical practice. In 2007, the AACR-FDA-NCI Cancer Biomarkers Collaborative stepped into the national effort to bring together disparate stakeholders to clearly delineate these barriers, to develop recommendations for integrating biomarkers into the cancer drug development enterprise, and to set in motion the necessary action plans and collaborations to see the promise of biomarkers come to fruition, efficiently delivering quality cancer care to patients.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor*
  • Drug Discovery* / standards
  • Humans
  • National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Validation Studies as Topic


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Biomarkers, Tumor