Bold Initiative Comes to Fruition: First Asian Myeloma Network Summit

This past weekend (October 13-15), the International Myeloma Foundation convened the first Asian Myeloma Network (AMN) Summit in Seoul, Korea. The seven countries/regions that make up the AMN – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand – have worked collaboratively under the auspices of the IMF since 2011. With its structure modeled on the annual International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit, the Seoul meeting addressed a broad range of issues, examining the status in Asia of myeloma diagnosis, research, and treatment, as well as the next steps in implementing data-gathering and clinical trials in the region.  AMN members are clearly excited to be able to measure up to top US and European research groups, such as SWOG, ECOG, IFM, EMN, and the like. Expansion of myeloma research anywhere in the world has the potential to benefit myeloma patients everywhere.

Bringing Next Generation Flow (NGF) Cytometry to Japan

On Saturday and Sunday, the IMF was honored to chair a workshop in Tokyo, Japan, which introduced Next Generation Flow Cytometry to more than 160 researchers and technicians eager to learn about this super-sensitive automated new myeloma measuring method.

IMF’s Asian Myeloma Network Succeeds in Providing Access to Pomalidomide in Asia

Access to new drugs outside of the US is frequently delayed by several years following FDA approval in the US. For example, lenalidomide (Revlimid®) received US FDA approval in June 2006, yet is still not fully approved and available globally. This lack of access has a significant negative impact for myeloma patients.