The cancer research that Big Pharma won't fund

'We can't give up now,' says Dr Fiona Simpson

Dr Fiona Simpson and her team at the University of Queensland are at the clinical trial stage of developing a promising new way to treat certain cancers.

The only problem is that it is based on doses of a cheap, readily available drug that is no longer under patent.

She says pharmaceutical companies don’t want to pursue it because they won’t be able to make money from it.

This is Dr Simpson’s powerful, personal story about the business of cancer research.

"Nobody told me when they said fix cancer in these patients that ... it [also] had to make a bunch of people money," she says. "We can't give up now."

Dr Simpson made the comments at a live Ockham's Razor event at the World Science Festival 2018 in Brisbane.