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Cure Brain Cancer Foundation invests in GBM AGILE, connecting Australians to an innovative clinical trial program to treat glioblastoma 

  • GBM AGILE, sponsored by the Global Coalition for Adaptive Research, is a clinical trial for patients with glioblastoma (GBM) designed to rapidly evaluate new therapies

  • GBM is a highly aggressive and fast-growing form of cancer, with an average survival rate of 15 months - only 5% of people with GBM survive 5-years post diagnosis

  • GBM AGILE accelerates the pace at which new treatments are tested for brain cancer, and represents an extremely efficient way to find better treatments for GBM

  • Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is funding the establishment of GBM AGILE in Australia with an investment of AUD 7.95 million


Australia/New Zealand - Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF), the leading charity for brain cancer research, awareness and advocacy in the region, has announced a partnership with the Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR) to bring a revolutionary, first of its kind clinical trial for patients with glioblastoma (GBM) to Australia. GBM is a highly aggressive and fast-growing form of cancer. GBM AGILE (Glioblastoma Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment - NCT03970447) is designed to rapidly evaluate new therapies and connect patients with global research expertise. 

GBM is the most common and deadly primary brain cancer in adults. It is highly aggressive and fast-growing, with an average survival rate of 15 months. Currently, only 5% of people with GBM survive 5-years post diagnosis. Standard treatments for GBM patients haven’t changed in over 30 years. 

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s investment of AUD7.95 million will support the infrastructure build in Australia to allow for patients with glioblastoma to have access to this innovative trial program.  It is expected that approximately 50 patients per year will participate in this effort, with infrastructure support from CBCF through the first 3 years.

Whilst traditional clinical trials are slow and take several years to evaluate a single drug, GBM AGILE accelerates the pace at which new treatments are tested for brain cancer, and represents an extremely efficient way to find better treatments for GBM. This trial delivers not just hope, but real action for the 95% of people with GBM who will not survive 5-years post diagnosis.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation was one of the original seed-funders of GBM AGILE with an AUD1 million contribution in 2013. Now, GBM AGILE is recruiting patients globally, with leadership for GBM AGILE also serving as members of CBCF’s Scientific Advisory Committee. With the recent commitment of funding by CBCF, CBCF will contribute the largest single investment by a foundation with AUD7.95 million in support.  This will fund the establishment of trial sites in Australia and enable patients in Australia with GBM to gain access to new potentially beneficial treatments through this adaptive clinical trial program. 

“GBM AGILE aligns with our mission to improve survival and quality of life for people living with brain cancer,” said CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Lance Kawaguchi. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to bring treatments to brain cancer patients faster than ever before. This announcement echoes the persistence of all involved to bring new treatments to patients by partnering with research and industry partners, reflecting what our community has told us they need, and confirms our position as an industry leader for patient-centric research and investment in care.”

Brain cancer survival rates are low and have hardly changed for 30 years, despite significant increases in survival for other types of cancer. For instance, the five-year survival rate of prostate cancer has increased from 60 per cent to over 90 per cent, and breast cancer has increased 72 per cent to over 90 per cent. The survival rate for brain cancer has increased from 21.2 per cent in 1986, to only 22.3 percent today.

“GCAR is delighted to collaborate with CBCF to bring GBM AGILE to Australia,” said Meredith Buxton, CEO of GCAR. “We have been working with the scientific leadership in Australia for many years, with the hope of being able to move this forward, and CBCF’s substantial commitment of support for GBM AGILE will make this a reality. With the involvement of CBCF and the Australian scientific community, we are gratified that patients in Australia will be able to benefit from this innovative program that supports finding the best treatments for patients with GBM.”

GBM AGILE is a continuous learning environment allowing multiple therapies to be evaluated simultaneously and/or over time against a common standard of care control. New experimental treatments are added as new information about promising new treatments is identified while other therapies are removed as they complete their evaluation. 

GBM AGILE is a global collaboration, connecting Australia with leading global researchers and scientific experts.

Find out more about GBM AGILE at https://www.gcaresearch.org/gbm-agile/about/ and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation at https://www.curebraincancer.org.au/.



About Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is an Australian-based organisation, who is working globally to rapidly improve brain cancer survival. The Foundation’s mission is to unite the community and rapidly increase brain cancer survival, improving quality of life for people impacted by the disease, with a vision to ultimately find a cure for brain cancer. We’ll achieve this by empowering people living with brain cancer to have a strong influential voice, while raising awareness and funding for innovative research to accelerate quality treatments to patients.

To learn more about Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, visit www.curebraincancer.org.au and follow us on social media: @curebraincancer


Information for patients

If patients are interested in participating in a clinical trial, such as GBM AGILE, they should speak to their doctor. They will be able to advise you on your eligibility and can recommend studies available to you. Remember that participating in research is a voluntary decision, and we encourage patients to consider the pros and cons of participating in a clinical trial. You can find out more on clinical trials via our website. 


About Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR)

The Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization uniting physicians, clinical researchers, advocacy and philanthropic organizations, biopharma, health authorities, and other key stakeholders in healthcare to expedite the discovery and development of treatments for patients with rare and deadly diseases by serving as sponsor of innovative and complex trials including master protocols and platform trials. GCAR is the sponsor of GBM AGILE, an adaptive platform trial for patients with GBM – the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors. Key strategic partners for the GBM AGILE trial effort include the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation,  National Brain Tumor Society, National Foundation for Cancer Research, and Asian Fund for Cancer Research, four nonprofit organizations that are working together to provide philanthropic support as well as assistance in communicating with patients and families and inviting all others to join in supporting this innovative approach to brain tumor treatment development. 

To learn more about GCAR, visit www.gcaresearch.org and follow us: @GCAResearch and www.facebook.com/GCAResearch.  


For Media Enquiries:

CURE BRAIN CANCER FOUNDATION
Seven Communications
Patrice Pandeleos, Seven Communications
patrice@sevencommunications.com.au
+61 405 995 050

Varsha Kumar, Seven Communications
varsha@sevencommunicationations.com.au
+61 420 540 589  

GLOBAL COALITION FOR ADAPTIVE RESEARCH
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
Rrosenstein.sisson@gcaresearch.org

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