What’s new in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer: a patent review (2011-present)

Boulaiz, H.; Ramos, M. C.; Griñán-Lisón, C.; García-Rubiño, M.E.; Vicente, F.; Marchal, J. A.

Revista: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents

ISSN: 1744-7674

Año de publicación: 2017

Volumen: 27

Número: 12

Páginas: 1319-1328



Introduction: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the US with a 5-year survival rate of about 5%. Most patients have advanced metastatic disease mainly due to the lack of an effective early detection, and an extremely poor prognosis. Advancing in the fight against PC requires developing novel observable biomarkers at preclinical stages for early detection. Areas covered: This manuscript is an overview of different PC diagnostic modalities and the latest innovations made to enhance early PC detection through the patents published from 2011 to 2017. It also comments on the ongoing clinical trials and highlights the main challenges to be addressed in the future. Expert opinion: At present, real efforts are being made to identify new specific biomarkers with a potential clinical applicability, and to develop new devices that integrate several biomarkers in order to be more sensitive and specific for the early detection of PC. Although many biomarkers have been patented recently, they will not reach the clinic until they have been validated by clinical trials. We believe that the high-throughput screening of ‘-omic’ technologies to detect tumor-specific molecular alterations can lead to an enhanced understanding of the disease mechanisms and the discovery of new clinical diagnostic biomarkers.