ASH 2016 Annual Meeting Highlights in Multiple Myeloma

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Release Date: January 16, 2017
Expiration Date: January 16, 2018

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 60 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

Health care providers, especially community-based practitioners, are challenged with attending major medical conferences, learning about new data, and understanding their relevance and potential impact on clinical practice. In this activity, participants will learn about key highlights of the most impactful and groundbreaking data in multiple myeloma (MM), presented at the 2016 American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. Leading experts in the field of MM will share their insights on a variety of abstracts, covering topics including, but not limited to, immunotherapy, proteasome inhibitors, minimal residual disease, predictive biomarkers, and novel agents.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in multiple myeloma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the efficacy and safety data from clinical trials investigating novel therapies and treatment strategies in patients with multiple myeloma (MM)
  • Describe expert faculty perspectives on key clinical trial data for novel therapies and treatment strategies in MM
  • Recognize the potential impact of clinical trials on clinical practice and existing treatment paradigms in MM


The activity includes four video sections which cover the following topic areas and abstracts:

Bcl-2 Inhibitors, Antibody Drug Conjugates and SINEs – Shaji K. Kumar, MD

  • (Abstract #975) Venetoclax Combined with Bortezomib and Dexamethasone for Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
  • (Abstract #1148) First in Human Study with GSK2857916, an Antibody Drug Conjugated to Microtubule-Disrupting Agent Directed Against B-Cell Maturation Antigen (BCMA) in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MM): Results from Study BMA117159 Part 1 Dose Escalation
  • (Abstract #491) Selinexor and Low Dose Dexamethasone (Sd) in Patients with Lenalidomide, Pomalidomide, Bortezomib, Carfilzomib and Anti-CD38 Ab Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MM): STORM Study
  • (Abstract #488) Venetoclax Monotherapy for Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Safety and Efficacy Results from a Phase I Study

Proteasome Inhibitors – Jacob Laubach, MD

  • (Abstract #2134) Longer Time to Best Response and Depth of Response Are Associated with Improved Duration of Best Achieved Response and Progression-Free Survival (PFS): Post-Hoc Analysis of Phase 3 Tourmaline-MM1 Trial in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM)
  • (Abstract #3327) Phase 2 Study of the All-Oral Combination of Ixazomib Plus Cyclophosphamide and Low-Dose Dexamethasone (ICd) in Patients (Pts) with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM)
  • (Abstract #1141) Phase 2 Study of Carfilzomib, Thalidomide, and Low-Dose Dexamethasone As Induction/Consolidation in Newly Diagnosed, Transplant Eligible Patients with Multiple Myeloma, the Carthadex Trial
  • (Abstract #1142) Frontline Therapy with Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone (KRd) Induction Followed By Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation, Krd Consolidation and Lenalidomide Maintenance in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma (NDMM) Patients: Primary Results of the Intergroupe Francophone Du MyéLome (IFM) Krd Phase II Study

Immunotherapy – Noopur Raje, MD

  • (Abstract #976) Phase II Trial of Combination of Elotuzumab, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone in High-Risk Smoldering Multiple Myeloma
  • (Abstract #1150) Efficacy of Daratumumab, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone Versus Bortezomib and Dexamethasone in Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma Based on Prior Lines of Therapy: Updated Analysis of Castor
  • (Abstract #974) Pilot Study of Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells (CTL019) in Conjunction with Salvage Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Advanced Multiple Myeloma
  • (Abstract #1147) B-Cell Maturation Antigen (BCMA)-Specific Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells (CART-BCMA) for Multiple Myeloma (MM):  Initial Safety and Efficacy from a Phase I Study
  • (Abstract #1152) A Phase I/IIa Study of the CD38 Antibody MOR202 Alone and in Combination with Pomalidomide or Lenalidomide in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Minimal Residual Disease and Biomarkers – Paul G. Richardson, MD

  • (Abstract #246) Evaluation of Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM) Patients Treated with Daratumumab in Combination with Lenalidomide Plus Dexamethasone or Bortezomib Plus Dexamethasone
  • (Abstract #1149) Open-Label, Multicenter, Dose Escalation Phase 1b Study to Assess the Subcutaneous Delivery of Daratumumab in Patients (pts) with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (PAVO)
  • (Abstract #243) Higher c-MYC Expression Is Associated with Ixazomib-Lenalidomide-Dexamethasone (IRd) Progression-Free Survival (PFS) Benefit Versus Placebo-Rd: Biomarker Analysis of the Phase 3 Tourmaline-MM1 Study in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM)
  • (Abstract #241) Final Analysis of Overall Survival from the First Trial

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This activity is eligible for credit through January 16, 2018. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biographies

Shaji K. Kumar, MD
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Consultant, Division of Hematology
Medical Director, Cancer Clinical Research Office
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Shaji Kumar received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. His postdoctoral training included a residency in internal medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He is currently the Medical Director for the Cancer Center Clinical Research Office which oversees the development, activation, conduct, and monitoring of interventional trials across the three site Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in internal medicine, medical oncology, and an ABIM diplomate in hematology, Dr. Kumar holds membership in several professional organizations including the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the Association of Physicians of India, and the European Hematology Association. He has published numerous articles, abstracts, editorials, and letters in the peer-reviewed literature, including Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Leukemia, American Journal of Hematology, British Journal of Haematology, and Bone Marrow Transplantation. He is also a member of the editorial board for several journals including American Journal of Hematology, European Journal of Clinical and Medical Oncology, and Leukemia.

Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on the development of novel drugs for the treatment of myeloma, and he has presented nationally and internationally. He is the principal investigator of several phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials exploring new drugs and combinations for newly diagnosed and relapsed myeloma. His laboratory is focused on understanding the role of bone marrow microenvironment in the development and progression of myeloma.

Jacob Laubach, MD
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Jacob Laubach completed his medical degree, residency, and fellowship in hematology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Clinical Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Since joining the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute faculty, Dr. Laubach has dedicated himself to the growth and expansion of the multiple myeloma clinical program and the advancement of clinical research evaluating new therapeutic agents in multiple myeloma. As a clinician, he has developed a large academic practice focused on the care of patients with plasma cell disorders, including multiple myeloma, AL amyloidosis, POEMS syndrome, and cryoglobulinemia. As a clinical investigator, his research has focused primarily on the development of new therapeutic agents. Dr. Laubach has been integrally involved in the study of histone deacetylase inhibition as a treatment strategy in multiple myeloma and in the development of monoclonal antibodies targeting myeloma tumor cell epitopes such as CS-1 (elotuzumab) and CD38 (daratumumab).

Noopur Raje, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Multiple Myeloma
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Noopur Raje received her medical degree from B.J. Medical College, Pune University in India. She trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and subsequently completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology in the joint Mass General-Brigham & Women’s-Dana-Farber program. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Rita M. Kelley Chair in Oncology at MGH.

Dr. Raje is a physician scientist with a focus on the development of innovative therapies for multiple myeloma. As Director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma at the MGH Cancer Center, she leads a dedicated clinical team engaged in investigator-initiated, multicenter national and international clinical trials, all aimed at developing new promising therapies for this disease. She also leads translational efforts at MGH with her laboratory's efforts focused on identifying cellular signaling pathways that contribute to the survival and proliferation of myeloma cells in the bone environment, and whose targeting may result in improved therapeutic outcomes. Dr. Raje is the recipient of numerous awards including the Multiple Myeloma Senior Research Award, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Clinical Scholar Award and the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award.

Paul G. Richardson, MD
R.J. Corman Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Paul Richardson received his medical degree from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London, and was chief resident at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. After a clinical fellowship at Baystate Medical Center of Tufts University School of Medicine, he joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Dr. Richardson spent five years with the Solid Tumor Autologous Marrow Program, completed a medical residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and joined DFCI’s Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, becoming Clinical Director and most recently, Clinical Program Leader and Director of Clinical Research.


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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Shaji Kumar has received honoraria as a consultant from AbbVie Inc., Amgen Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kesios Therapeutics, Merck & Co., Inc., Skyline Diagnostics B.V., and Takeda Oncology. He has received grant support related to research activities from AbbVie, Amgen, Celgene Corporation, Janssen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Merck, and Takeda Oncology.

Dr. Jacob Laubach has received honoraria as a consultant from Novartis AG and Takeda Oncology. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene Corporation, Novartis, Onyx, and Takeda Oncology.

Dr. Noopur Raje has received honoraria as a consultant from Amgen Inc., Celgene Corporation, Onyx, and Takeda Oncology. She has received grant support related to research activities from Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.

Dr. Paul Richardson has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novartis AG, Onyx, and Takeda Oncology.

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