"Including evidence-based decision-making in the healthcare coverage process would ensure that use of new therapy and technology is tied to evidence of clinical benefit, resulting in a value-based health care system."
— Rita Redberg, MD. Health Affairs, February 2007
In the News
A paper reporting the results of research developed by Cedar Associates was cited in an amicus brief presented to the U.S. Supreme Court by the Biotechnology Industry Organization to substantiate the value of personalized medicine and the need for patent protection for novel diagnostic technologies. The paper, Economic analysis of targeting chemotherapy using a 21-gene RT-PCR assay in lymph node-negative, estrogen receptor-positive, early stage breast cancer, was published in 2005 in the American Journal of Managed Care with Cedar’s John Hornberger as the lead author. The amicus brief was submitted in defense of a process patent that Prometheus Laboratories had obtained for correlations between blood test results and patient health.
An abstract entitled “Clinical utility of gene-expression profiling for tumor site origin” has been accepted for publication for the 2011 ASCO Annual Meeting, reporting results of a study by Cedar’s John Hornberger, Hialy Gutierrez, and Richard Hornberger, together with David Henner and Shawn Becker of Pathwork Diagnostics Inc., Gauri Varadhachary of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scott Nystrom of Tufts Medical Center, Mahul Amin of Cedars Sinai, and Michael Walker of Stanford University.
Cedar Associates LLC provides life sciences organizations and companies with scientifically reliable and credible evidence on clinical outcomes and economics of services and technologies. We use state-of-the-art analytical techniques and seek to present our findings in a manner that is readily understood by a diverse audience, such as physicians, patients, managers, and third-party payers and decision-makers.We have close collaborations with numerous international renowned experts at local, regional and national institutions (e.g., Stanford University, UC Berkeley, California State University East Bay, Sutter Health, Veterans’ Affairs Hospitals). These collaborations not only expand the scope of state-of-the-art expertise on projects, but increase our capacity to readily staff projects.