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OncoSec collaborates with Smart Patients to create online community for patients

OncoSec Medical : 22 April, 2013  (Company News)
OncoSec Medical is one of the first to partner with Smart Patients: a new online community where patients with life-threatening conditions who are looking for or participating in clinical trials can share their feedback and experiences.


OncoSec is working with Smart Patients to create a community for Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients. MCC is an rare and aggressive form of skin cancer that currently has no approved therapies. OncoSec is conducting the only active Phase II immunotherapy trial that is focused specifically on the disease. The Smart Patients partnership will provide valuable insight from patients to help improve clinical trial design and enable better collaboration with patients.



"We're excited to be working with Dr Zeiger, and to be a part of creating this valuable resource for the Merkel cell community," said OncoSec's Chief Executive Officer, Punit Dhillon. "One of the most frightening parts of being diagnosed with a rare disease like MCC is a lack of information about the condition and treatment options. Smart Patients is providing an important resource to help patients connect and learn from each other."



Roni Zeiger, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Patients, noted: "Together with OncoSec, we will be able to gain a better understanding of MCC from a patient perspective, and help design more patient-centred trials that will make scientific breakthroughs for this disease available sooner."


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