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Fly News Breaks for May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017 | 08:50 EDT
BMO Capital analyst Alex Arfaei says that "the ASCO abstracts solidify Merck's (MRK) significant leadership in the important 1L-NSCLC market." The analyst says that Incyte's (INCY) Epacadostat appears to be "adding meaningful clinical benefit to Keytruda." He believes that the data "clearly indicates" that Keytruda monotherapy should be the standard of care in about 25% of 1L-NSCLC patients.
News For MRK;INCY From the Last 2 Days
Jun 21, 2017 | 09:36 EDT
Leap Therapeutics (LPTX) announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK), to investigate Leap's DKK1 antagonist, DKN-01, in combination with Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda, in patients with relapsed or refractory advanced esophagogastric cancers. The study is expected to begin enrolling patients in the second-half of 2017. The collaboration agreement is between Leap and Merck, through a subsidiary. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
Jun 20, 2017 | 11:41 EDT
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, in prepared remarks for his appearance before a Senate panel, states that the agency will soon announce a plan to facilitate the approval of drugs including so-called "tumor-agnostic" therapies that target cancer-linked DNA, reported Bloomberg. The FDA last month approved the first tumor-agnostic drug when it allowed for expanded use of Merck's (MRK) Keytruda, while trials of Loxo Oncology's (LOXO) tumor-agnostic drug have shown that it shrank a variety of tumors, the report noted. Reference Link
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