In Vitro Cancer Models: A Closer Look at Limitations on Translation

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TitleIn Vitro Cancer Models: A Closer Look at Limitations on Translation
Publication TypeReview Paper
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsAntunes N., Kundu B., Kundu S. C., Reis R. L., and Correlo V. M.
Abstract Text

In vitro cancer models are envisioned as high-throughput screening platforms for potential new therapeutic discovery and/or validation. They also serve as tools to achieve personalized treatment strategies or real-time monitoring of disease propagation, providing effective treatments to patients. To battle the fatality of metastatic cancers, the development and commercialization of predictive and robust preclinical in vitro cancer models are of urgent need. In the past decades, the translation of cancer research from 2D to 3D platforms and the development of diverse in vitro cancer models have been well elaborated in an enormous number of reviews. However, the meagre clinical success rate of cancer therapeutics urges the critical introspection of currently available preclinical platforms, including patents, to hasten the development of precision medicine and commercialization of in vitro cancer models. Hence, the present article critically reflects the difficulty of translating cancer therapeutics from discovery to adoption and commercialization in the light of in vitro cancer models as predictive tools. The state of the art of in vitro cancer models is discussed first, followed by identifying the limitations of bench-to-bedside transition. This review tries to establish compatibility between the current findings and obstacles and indicates future directions to accelerate the market penetration, considering the niche market.

Date Published2022-04-07
Keywords3D cancer models, Cancer, commercialization, gap analysis, point-of-care modelling tool
Peer reviewedyes

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