The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda for the adjuvant treatment of adult and pediatric (12 years and older) patients with stage IIB or IIC melanoma following complete resection. Additionally, the FDA expanded the indication for Keytruda as adjuvant treatment for stage III melanoma following complete resection to include pediatric patients (12 years and older).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Merck’s blockbuster checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for adjuvant treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients at intermediate-high or high risk of recurrence after nephrectomy or following nephrectomy and resection of metastatic lesions.

Merck & Co. is buying Acceleron Pharma Inc. for about $11.5 billion, broadening the company’s portfolio beyond the aging cancer drug Keytruda with potential treatments that could bring in fresh revenue.

A combination of Mirati Therapeutics Inc.’s genetic mutation-targeting adagrasib and Eli Lilly and Co.’s older cancer drug Erbitux shrank tumors in 39 percent of patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated in a small trial, the company said on Sept. 19.

Biopharma companies big and small presented exciting clinical studies at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress 2021.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the combination of Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda plus Eisai’s orally available multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor Lenvima for the first-line treatment of adult patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

The Phase 3 KEYNOTE-716 trial investigating Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda met its primary endpoint of recurrence-free survival (RFS) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with surgically resected high-risk stage II melanoma.

After an earlier rejection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Merck’s vaunted checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda won approval for the treatment of patients with high-risk, early-stage triple-negative breast cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an expanded label for Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation.

Positive results from Sellas Life Sciences Group’s Phase I/II trial using galinpepimut-S (GPS) as a combination therapy with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) were announced shortly after similarly positive news was issued from a combination study in which GPS was evaluated as a treatment for mesothelioma.