Updated on 10 July 2013
Dr David Neal, group leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and consultant urological surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, said, "I am delighted about this partnership on the biomedical campus between AstraZeneca, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and the University of Cambridge Department of Oncology at Addenbrooke's Hospital. It is a wonderful example of how collaboration between a world-class pharmaceutical company and cutting edge academic research will lead to benefits for patients through better understanding individual variation in cancer behavior."
AstraZeneca's new, purpose-built site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will bring together the company's small molecule and biologics research and development activity focused on oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmune diseases and conditions of the central nervous system.
AstraZeneca has identified oncology as a core therapy area for building a continued pipeline of innovative medicines and announced earlier this year its plans to begin phase III trials for olaparib for platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer patients with BRCA mutations and selumetinib for non small cell lung cancer patients with KRAS mutations. Because of AstraZeneca's understanding of how cancers grow and how these compounds work, the company is committed to investigating both compounds in a range of solid tumors.