BioCentury | May 8, 2020
Regulation

$8B Loxo deal yields first drug with approval of Lilly’s targeted lung cancer therapy

FDA’s approval of Retevmo selpercatinib from Eli Lilly is the second approval for a genetically defined subset of non-small cell lung cancer patients this week. The selective RET inhibitor is the first product of the...
BioCentury | Apr 20, 2020
Product Development

Opdivo-Cabometyx combo improves PFS by 49%, OS by 40% in first-line RCC

Exelixis jumped $4.14 (21%) to $23.58 on Monday, pushing its valuation above $7 billion, after the biotech and partners Bristol Myers Squibb and Ipsen said the combination of Opdivo nivolumab plus Cabometyx cabozantinib generated positive...
BioCentury | Feb 11, 2020
Product Development

Exelixis eyeing 2021 combo submission in prostate cancer following new readout

Exelixis believes newly released initial data from a Phase Ib trial cohort to treat prostate cancer could augur future results from the same twice-expanded cohort that could support a regulatory submission of cabozantinib plus Tecentriq...
BC Extra | Nov 22, 2019
Clinical News

Tecentriq-Avastin combo poised to become SOC for hepatocellular carcinoma

Tecentriq continues to carve out a niche in the crowded PD-1/PD-L1 space as new survival data for the drug in the combination with Avastin in hepatocellular carcinoma pave the way for the regimen to become...
BioCentury | Sep 14, 2019
Product Development

Success in lung cancer niches will hinge on access to next-gen sequencing

New targeted lung cancer therapies against RET, KRAS and c-MET are all outperforming standard of care in the clinic, including checkpoint inhibitors. But whether these therapies see uptake will likely depend more on whether next-generation...
BC Extra | Aug 29, 2019
Preclinical News

Aug. 29 Preclinical Quick Takes: New targets for leukemia from Calico and stroke from Gero; predictors of checkpoint inhibitor response and more

Calico finds new target for sensitizing leukemia to NK cells  Calico Life Sciences LLC (South San Francisco, Calif.) showed in an eLife paper that blocking DCAF15, an adaptor for E3 ubiquitin ligase substrates, could boost...
BC Extra | May 16, 2019
Company News

May 16 Company Quick Takes: Iconic oncology deals; plus Zymeworks-GSK, Aimmune and more

Iconic in pair of deals to develop lead oncology program  Iconic Therapeutics Inc. (South San Francisco, Calif.) granted Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) an option to license ICON-2 for $7.5 million up front and funding for preclinical...
BioCentury | May 10, 2019
Product Development

Exelixis to fuel pipeline growth with Cabometyx cash flows

On the back of the successful launch of Cabometyx cabozantinib, Exelixis is not only using the increased free cash flow to expand the drug’s label, it also thinks it has the firepower to build out...
BC Week In Review | Feb 22, 2019
Clinical News

Keytruda misses survival endpoints in Phase III HCC trial

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) said Keytruda pembrolizumab missed the co-primary endpoints of improving overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in the Phase III KEYNOTE-240 trial to treat advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Merck declined to...
BC Extra | Feb 20, 2019
Clinical News

Keytruda misses survival endpoints in Phase III HCC trial

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) said Keytruda pembrolizumab missed the co-primary endpoints of improving overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in the Phase III KEYNOTE-240 trial to treat advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Merck declined to...
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