Sample Processing and Analytical Methods Development for New Anticancer Agents

Project Details


During FY07, the Clinical Pharmacology Program (CPP) provided support to over 40 clinical trials. This support ranged from sample pickup and processing, to full analytical method development and validation, pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic analysis and assistance with trial design. In FY08, the CPP received over 11,000 biological samples including blood, urine and bone marrow aspirate. Upon arrival, all samples are processed, barcoded and frozen for future use. The first priority in characterizing the pharmacokinetics of an anticancer agent is to develop a reliable and reproducible analytical method for quantitating agents in biological fluids and tissues. The CPP utilizes high performance liquid chromatograpy (HPLC) coupled with state-of-the-art detection instruments including mass spectrometers, tandem mass spectrometers (MS/MS) and diode array detectors (for UV absorption) to measure drug concentrations. Following method development, assays are validated according to the FDA Guidelines for Bioanalytical Method Development. The CPP is currently focused on the method development, validation and subsequent human sample analysis for sorafenib, finasteride, docetaxel and CPS49. The group has recently validated and published an assay for 17-DMAG, and sample analysis is ongoing in support of a Phase I clinical trial being conducted within the CCR. The CPP has previously developed analytical methods for a wide range of other therapeutics, including depsipeptide, TNP-470, phenylacetate, phenylbutyrate, tamoxifen, UCN-01, CAI, thalidomide, COL-3, suramin, melphalan, erlotinib, perifosine, SU5416, 2ME, MS-275, ketoconazole, and CC5013.
Effective start/end date1/10/0630/09/08


  • National Cancer Institute: $436,954.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $294,304.00


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