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a16z Podcast | Connecting Hearts, Bodies, and Networks to Cure Cancer

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The video discusses the link between cancer in dogs and humans, emphasizing genetic and environmental factors. It explores using dogs as models for drug testing to accelerate human drug development and improve veterinary oncology. Data from dogs is used for drug development and improving pet care, highlighting the potential for advancements in pet healthcare. The importance of early diagnosis and intervention in dogs with cancer is stressed, along with the need to democratize access to top veterinary treatments. The focus is on advancing personalized treatment approaches in veterinary oncology through precision medicine and combination therapies.

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Discussion on diagnosing and treating cancer in pets and its link to humans.
Guests include FDA's principal deputy commissioner, a CEO of a dog cancer treatment company, and a venture capitalist.
Topics covered include data, network effects, clinical trials, and product development in bio companies.
Emphasis on genetic and environmental factors contributing to cancer in dogs and the importance of understanding the dog genome for research.
Importance of dogs in our lives and lack of funding for canine cancer research.
Diagnosis of cancer in dogs includes histopathology and observing behavioral changes like lethargy and loss of appetite.
Data collection from families is crucial for understanding disease progression in dogs.
Link between dog and human oncology explored through genetic, genomic, and environmental factors contributing to cancer development.
Similar biological pathways in dogs and humans lead to cancer, emphasizing potential for cross-species research and care.
Dogs as Better Models for Drug Testing
Research indicates similarities in biologic pathways between dogs and humans, making dogs more effective for drug testing.
Understanding drug performance in dogs can speed up drug development for humans and potentially save millions.
Dogs with natural diseases have functional immune systems, unlike engineered mouse models.
Utilizing dogs in drug development can lead to improved treatment outcomes for both humans and animals, including in veterinary oncology.
Research on immune system and cancer in dogs showing potential for clinical trials with parallels to human trials.
Pet owners are supportive of the idea, leading to the development of a company focusing on dog cancer.
Evidence from dogs is helping drive advancements in drug development for both pets and humans.
The story of a successful lymphoma drug being rebooted with insights from dogs and humans demonstrates the interconnectedness of research in both species.
Importance of dog health data in creating electronic health records for pets.
Dog health data being used for drug development and improving pet care.
Concerns about privacy and proper data usage in the absence of a doggy HIPAA-like system.
Potential advancements in pet healthcare through scaled data collection for dogs with cancer.
Speaker from Flatiron sees potential for similar advancements in veterinary care as in human oncology treatments.
Importance of Aggregating Data in Electronic Health Records for Insights into Canine Cancer Research.
Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in dogs with cancer, similar to human cancer research.
Availability of chemotherapy for dogs is mentioned, but access to vet oncologists is limited.
Improved care is needed for dogs diagnosed with cancer.
Understanding genetic and histologic details of canine cancer is emphasized for better treatment outcomes.
Importance of democratizing access to top veterinary treatments.
Catching diseases early for successful intervention is crucial for improving outcomes.
Correlation between human and dog health is discussed.
Detailed information about dog tumors, including histology and genomic data, is essential for improving treatments.
Understanding the interplay between dog genetics, histology, disease treatment, and outcomes is emphasized.
Precision medicine for dogs based on genetic information.
Researchers are conducting real-world evidence research to identify actionable mutations and therapies for treating cancer in dogs.
Analyzing genomic data and tumor type correlations to develop faster diagnostic tests and interventions.
Exploration of potential combination therapies and setting up networks for drug recommendations and dosing considerations.
Emphasis on advancing personalized treatment approaches in veterinary oncology.
Importance of Data Network Effects in Combination Therapy for Canine Cancer.
Emphasis on creating a reinforcing data set by treating more dogs with better combinations to enhance treatment outcomes.
Discussion on potential implications for human cancer treatment, stressing the need for intentional network setups resembling clinical trials.
Ability to study combinations in dogs that could be used in humans, with the quick translation of findings from dog models to human treatments.
Building a successful company in the veterinary field requires understanding unique data points, embedding them in the system, and generating valuable data through clinical trials.
A critical step involves ensuring the benefit to dogs and the generation of experiment data.
Prioritizing oncologists and patients first, with a focus on product development and network building, is key to success.
Courage, risk-taking, and learning from mistakes are essential in navigating the challenges of company building in this context.
Importance of short-term goals and intentional actions in founding a business.
Founders should focus on early feedback from the market and investors to make informed decisions.
Input from key opinion leaders and scientific experts is essential for the decision-making process.
Balancing long-term vision with short-term product roadmap planning is crucial for success.
Dismissing critical information and disrespecting different groups can hinder the success of a founder.
Balancing product scope in a bio company focused on dog health.
Emphasis on prioritizing product development for pets and pet parents.
Generating data to improve the product over time is crucial.
Acknowledgment of the difficulty in harmonizing patient needs with validation requirements.
Challenge of integrating multidisciplinary teams with varying expertise in areas like oncology and technology.
Amy named to senior role at US FDA focusing on faster treatment access and effectiveness.
Transitioned from academia to commercial side for broader perspective.
Role aligns with goal of advancing healthcare.
Prioritizing evidence generation, personalized medicine, and patient-informed drug design.
Committed to making a positive impact in new position.