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A vaccine for cancer

Matt Turner, December 14, 2022

 

Hello, Insiders. Matt Turner here, filling in for Nicholas Carlson. I’m the editor in chief of business, and write my own Sunday newsletter, going behind the scenes of our biggest stories. Sign up here!

 

Today, I want to talk about Avatar. I remember going to see the first movie way back in 2009. Thirteen years, a pandemic, and hundreds of millions of dollars later, the sequel opens Friday. Insider’s Jason Guerrasio has seen it, and says it’s an “astounding epic that needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible.” Check out his review here.

 

There’s a lot riding on this. Director James Cameron said it needs to make $2 billion just to break even. And that still might not be enough to save your local cinema. So are you planning to go see it? Let me know at insidertoday@insider.com. I’d love to hear from you.

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The big story
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A new vaccine could signal a major breakthrough in how we treat cancer.

 

Moderna said that its personalized cancer-vaccine program lowered the risk of death or skin-cancer recurrence in a study — a significant advance in the biotech company’s efforts to treat cancer.

 

Patients with melanoma who got the vaccine in combination with Merck’s cancer drug Keytruda had a 44% reduction in the rate of cancer recurrence and death, compared to those who just got Keytruda. Still, the results come from a midstage trial, and analysts say more research is needed.

 

Moderna famously scrambled to respond to the initial COVID-19 outbreak and developed a vaccine, which transformed the company into a drug industry powerhouse.

 

In an interview with Insider, Moderna’s CEO Stéphane Bancel compared the cancer study results to that moment, saying: “Now we are an oncology company.”

 

“The enemy now is cancer,” he added. “We know the technology works.”

 

Read the full story here. 

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