The Human Cancer Models Initiative (HCMI)?is a collaboration between the US (NCI) – part of the (NIH), (CRUK), (WSI), and foundation (HUB). The goal of HCMI in its pilot phase is to create up to 1,000 next-generation cancer models from patient tumors that are clinically and molecularly characterized, with collected data harmonized and accessible through the NCI (GDC) or the (EBI). The HCMI uses recent?culture techniques?to develop cancer models?for translational cancer research and other experiments.

These cancer models may be utilized to define essential basic and cancer biology pathways, determine mechanisms of drug resistance, assess response to small molecules, etc. The models will serve as valuable resource for translational cancer research and will contribute to the development of innovative therapeutic strategies, identification of novel diagnostic markers, and individualized patient treatment plans.

  • NCI supports four?Cancer Model Development Centers (CMDCs) to generate cancer models originating from patient tissues. HCMI is a part of the Precision Oncology efforts and contributes to .
  • Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and?Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WSI) are supporting?model generation as well as clinical and molecular characterization of cancer organoids.
  • The foundation?Hubrecht Organoid Technology (HUB) is generating cancer models and collecting associated clinical and molecular characterization data.

The initiative has the following objectives:

  • to provide a resource of novel cancer models to the research community that are characterized with clinical and molecular data.
  • to make resources including protocols used for model development, SOPs, templates for informed consent, and clinical data case report forms (CRFs)?available.


Last updated: December 10, 2019