Cancer is one of the top causes of death around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 20 million people were diagnosed with cancer, while 10 million succumbed to the disease in 2021.
Nearly 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally were reported in 2020. Similarly, there has been a significant rise in the number of those diagnosed with skin cancer. According to WHO, the number will rise in the come decades. However, several of them can be treated, and some can be cured and even prevented.
Modern science and research in medicine are rekindling hope in millions. Scientific innovations are offering new ways to tackle the illness with each passing day. Leading e-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly developing a cancer vaccine in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. A recent report published in the Business Insider has suggested that the Jeff Bezos-owned company is developing vaccines to tackle breast and skin cancer known as melanoma.
Based on a summary posted on Clinicaltrials.gov, a registry of clinical trials maintained by the US government, the study began on June 9 and is estimated to be completed by November 1, 2023. The Phase 1 stage trial is currently looking for 20 patients above 18 years of age to test the ‘US-FDA regulated Drug Product’.
Moreover, an Amazon representative confirmed the study to Business Insider. In an email, the representative said that Amazon was contributing scientific and machine learning expertise to a partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to explore and develop a personalised treatment for certain forms of cancer.
“ It’s very early, but Fred Hutch recently received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a Phase I clinical trial, and it’s unclear whether it will be successful,” the Amazon spokesperson was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
The e-commerce mammoth entered the healthcare sector by launching its Amazon Care in June 2021. The service offers its Seattle-based staff medical assistance from home via video conferencing and consultations. Reportedly, the latest vaccine treatment is underway at Amazon’s moonshot lab – Grand Challenge. Experts believe that if Amazon succeeds in its endeavour to achieve a breakthrough in cancer vaccines, it may reap massive financial benefits.