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René Bernards

Founder, Qameleon Therapeutics & Professor of molecular carcinogenesis, Netherlands Cancer Institute


14:15 - 15:25
From research to innovation

René Bernards’ laboratory at the Netherlands Cancer Institute uses functional genomic approaches to find vulnerabilities of cancers that can be exploited therapeutically. He founded Qameleon Therapeutics to repurpose abandoned and patent expired drugs for use in cancer. Qameleon aims to bring these drugs to patients at sustainable prices by working with investors who seek societal impact and generic drug makers.


How much longer will we put up with $100,000 cancer drugs?
The spiraling cost of new drugs mandates a fundamentally different approach to keep lifesaving therapies affordable for cancer patients. Qameleon Therapeutics was founded to enable the development of truly transformative drugs at sustainable prices. To do this, abandoned drugs that lacked sufficient single agent activity and patent expired drugs will be repurposed for new indications through innovative genetic approaches. These drugs will be re-introduced into the clinic with financial support from investors seeking societal impact next to a reasonable return on investment. A first example of a new clinical use of an old drug will be presented.
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