In­sti­tute plans to con­duct trial of Cuban lung cancer treat­ment

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

Buf­falo’s Roswell Park Cancer In­sti­tute has re­ceived ap­proval from the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion to con­duct a clin­i­cal trial of an in­no­va­tive lung cancer vac­cine de­vel­oped in Cuba.

Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo joined Roswell Park of­fi­cials Wed­nes­day to an­nounce the trial, which is the first of its kind since the re­cent thaw in re­la­tions be­tween the U.S. and Cuba.

Called CIMA­vax-EGF, the treat­ment is an im­munother­apy de­vel­oped by Ha­vana’s Cen­ter of Molec­u­lar Im­munol­ogy. The trial will in­volve 60 to 90 pa­tients and is ex­pected to be­gin next month.

Roswell Park Pres­i­dent Can­dace John­son says the trial is the re­sult of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween of­fi­cials in New York and Cuba that started when Cuomo led a trade del­e­ga­tion to Ha­vana in 2015.

“It’s the first time in the modern era that a Cuban and an American in­sti­tu­tion have been al­lowed to come to­gether,” she said.

Jose Ra­mon Ca­banas Ro­driguez, Cuban am­bas­sador to the U.S., wrote to Cuomo to con­grat­u­late him on the part­ner­ship. He wrote that it rep­re­sented “not only a con­tri­bu­tion to the im­prove­ment of the health of the peo­ples from our coun­tries but to the health of all the peo­ples in the re­gion and the world as well.”

The clin­i­cal trial val­i­dates ef­forts to lure top-tier re­search to up­state New York, Cuomo said.

“Cuba could have gone any­where in the United States,” he said. “They could have gone to Johns Hop­kins. They could have gone to Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing . ... Where did they choose? The best place in the United States, Roswell Park.”

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