The Cancer Drug Development Forum – CDDF is the platform for all stakeholders involved in the development of cancer drugs.

Prof. Heinz Zwierzina


Prof. Heinz Zwierzina is the Managing Director of the CDDF.

He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine at Innsbruck University in Austria. His specialisation is in hematology and oncology.

He is an active member in many scientific research organisations and is sitting on numerous committees of international research bodies including the EORTC, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cancer Research UK and European School of Oncology (ESO).

He has coordinated a grant of the European commission (BIOMED) “Organisation of preclinical and clinical research of anticancer therapy with biological response modifiers” and is a member of the European Commission-funded Euregenethy project “Harmonization of gene therapy throughout Europe”.

He was the founder and previous chairman of the EORTC Biological Therapeutics Development Group which is composed of pre-clinical and clinical scientists.

In addition, he has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books, chaired/presented at numerous international meetings and is a member of the editorial board or reviewer for more than 15 international scientific journals.

Research Interest

He has extensive experience in early drug development with biological agents as well as the combination of biological agents with chemotherapy, eg. angiogenesis inhibitors therapeutic antibodies vaccines signal transduction inhibitors immunomodulators gene therapy One of his major interests in drug development is the definition and use of surrogate markers (eg proteomics, functional imaging etc.) in phase I/II cancer clinical trials in order to speed up and reduce the costs of the overall drug development programs.

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