Biomarker Testing: Cost and Coverage
Part of the BiomarkerLIVE101 webinar series, Biomarker Testing: Cost and Coverage reviews the current policies and regulations that drive costs related to biomarker testing.
Gabriel Bien-Willner, MD, PhD, Medical Director, MolDX; Chief Medical Officer, Palmetto GBA, Spring, TX
Hossein Borghaei, DO, MS, Professor and Chief, Thoracic Oncology, The Gloria and Edmund M. Dunn Chair in Thoracic Oncology, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
This webinar is part of the “BiomarkerLIVE" education program and is supported by AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Lilly Oncology, and Merck & Co., Inc.
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Gabriel Bien-Willner, M.D., PhD.
Medical Director, MolDX; Chief Medical Officer, Palmetto GBA
My goal is to fully integrate Genetics and Genomics into the clinical space- to change our approach to cancer care by targeting cancer disease mechanisms to improve patient outcomes. Clinical genomics, through the use of new "Next-Generation" sequencing technologies (NGS) is making this a reality.
Our current focus is on bringing expert clinical interpretation to complex genomics data as a professional service. Current clinical laboratory Next-Gen sequencing test results are simply too complex for most oncologists to fully comprehend. We seek to bridge this gap and provide them with a thorough explanation of the biology of their patient's tumor, as well as relevant targeted treatment options and clinical trials.
I have expertise in NGS clinical and research pipleline development, as well as working with informatics teams to build clinically-relevant systems for complex data annotation and interpretation. I am board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology, and have a Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics.
Hossein Borghaei, DO, MS
Professor and Chief, Thoracic Oncology, The Gloria and Edmund M. Dunn Chair in Thoracic Oncology, Deprtment of Hematology and Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dr. Hossein Borghaei is chief of thoracic medical oncology and director of the Fox Chase Lung Cancer Center in Philadelphia. As a medical oncologist, he uses anti-cancer drugs to treat lung cancer, mesothelioma, lymphoma and other cancers of the chest. In addition, Borghaei is an active researcher with a special interest in developing new cancer therapies, including immunotherapies that fight cancer by targeting unique proteins and genetic pathways in tumors.
Dr. Borghaei completed his medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1996 with a Master of Science degree in microbiology and immunology. He served his residency at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center before joining its staff full time in 2004.
Dr. Borghaei has served the role of principal and supporting investigator in numerous clinical trials, which are medical studies that aim to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and approaches to treatment. He is currently involved in an active phase II trial that evaluates how pleural mesothelioma patients without progressive disease after first-line chemotherapy benefit from maintenance therapy with Alimta.
His research team is also developing naptumomab estafenatox, a monoclonal antibody for lung and other cancers that activates the body’s immune cells to fight the cancer. In addition, Borghaei conducts clinical trials to improve patients’ immune response to cetuximab and other monoclonal antibodies, which increases their effectiveness.
Dr. Borghaei has authored and coauthored numerous scientific journal articles in his career, most focusing on the topic of immunotherapy for lung cancer and lymphoma. He also served as contributing author and panel member for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, a 2012 mesothelioma treatment guide published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Dr. Borghaei is a member of several professional medical organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.
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