Dr. John Webb
Senior Project Leader, Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre

Blog Posts by Dr. John Webb

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Philanthropy vital to expanding t-cell therapy

T-cell therapy is a game-changing area of cancer research that will have a very tangible impact on patients and their families in the near future, and this is what excites me the most about my work. For a while these therapies appeared as if on the distant horizon– they involved years of planning, construction and research to get off the ground. Generous donor support to the BC Cancer Foundation was essential, enabling us to kick-start this process and maintain it through to completion. Indeed, philanthropic support allowed us to build the clean room necessary to carry out these treatments,...

Living drugs provide new hope for cancer treatment

T cell therapy is a revolutionary treatment that involves using a patient’s own t-cells, or immune cells, to target and attack cancer cells in a way that’s more precise and effective than many other forms of cancer treatment currently available. It’s a promising form of cancer therapy, with very high response rates of up to 90 per cent in certain cancers. At BC Cancer we are currently setting up for two different types of T cell therapy clinical trials, with the goal of bringing these treatments to patients as soon as possible. Using the body’s immune system to combat cancer The first...

Discovering the power of immunotherapy at BC Cancer

Hello, My name is Dr. John Webb and I’m a senior project leader at the BC Cancer Deeley Research Centre in Victoria. Currently, I manage the development of two clinical trials involving immunotherapy , both of which are planned to launch next year. These trials involve using cells from the body’s own immune system (specifically T lymphocytes) to target and attack cancer cells, and these immune cells are proving to be a highly effective way to treat certain types of cancer. It’s an exciting and very rapidly evolving arena of cancer research – one that I feel privileged to take part in - and...

Dr. John Webb: Manufacturing T Cells for Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

Hello everyone, my name is Dr. John Webb and I’m the senior project leader for the upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials at the BC Cancer Agency. As project leader, I will direct the manufacturing of T cells for immunotherapy clinical trials – this includes designing, overseeing and implementing immunotherapy for use with patients in the clinic. My interest in cancer research began with graduate training at the University of British Columbia, after which I spent several years working in both academia and industry where I developed an interest in the immunotherapy of cancer. I joined the...