Chief Pathologist John Cochran discusses how clinical trials offer pathologists the opportunity to work at the forefront of diagnostic discovery.
What role do pathologists play in clinical trials?
Pathologists have a variety of responsibilities, including identifying suitable patients and evaluating biomarkers expressed in tissue biopsies. From a diagnostic and prognostic viewpoint, we function similarly to community pathologists. At Q2 Solutions, we focus 60 percent of our work on oncology – but we also regularly deal with other therapeutic areas.
Clinical trial pathologists are as essential to the development of novel therapies as frontline oncologists – and, together, we help bring cutting-edge drugs to market. A striking example of this is the significant contribution clinical trial pathologists made with PD-L1 expression case review in several tumor types, which led to the approval of both immune-checkpoint inhibitors and companion diagnostics that later demonstrated major clinical success.
Continue reading for more insights from this interview originally published in The Pathologist.