Collaborating to Compete: Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BloodPAC) Consortium
Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation Announce Their Commitment to Support the Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer
Published in Clinical Pharmacology and Theraputics, April 12, 2017
The cancer community understands the value of blood profiling measurements in assessing and monitoring cancer. We describe an effort among academic, government, biotechnology, diagnostic, and pharmaceutical companies called the Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BloodPAC) Project. BloodPAC will aggregate, make freely available, and harmonize for further analyses, raw datasets, relevant associated clinical data (e.g., clinical diagnosis, treatment history, and outcomes), and sample preparation and handling protocols to accelerate the development of blood profiling assays.
Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer
WASHINGTON, D.C. December 20, 2016
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) announce their commitment to advancing the understanding of metastatic disease in patients through their support of the Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (Blood PAC). In alignment with Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, the Blood PAC was formed in October 2016 to support the mission of making very direct progress towards patient benefit through research. Blood PAC is a public private partnership of now over twenty organizations that have pledged support by contributing liquid biopsy data, protocols, and expertise into an open data commons.
Read the full paper: https://www.bcrf.org/blog/press-release-breast-cancer-research-foundation-and-prostate-cancer-foundation-announce-their
Identifying the Mission
Thanks to remarkable scientific advances, we know that tumors shed a variety of signals into the blood, leaving behind small hints to help identify cancer type, location, and disease-stage. For this reason, researchers are especially interested in developing new ways to use this knowledge to transform how we detect and diagnose cancer, making it possible for a future wherein simple blood draws could help physicians and patients more accurately and successfully manage disease.