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Weekend Highlights from 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

There was a flurry of activity during the first few days of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, with multiple presentations made showing the benefits of various oncology treatments.

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EC approves Roche’s Tecentriq combo vs. lung cancer

Roche received European Commission (EC) approval for the company’s Tecentriq drug in combination with Avastin and chemo as an initial treatment for people with a specific type of lung cancer.

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FDA accepts Roche’s supplemental biologics license application for Tecentriq plus chemotherapy for initial treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer

Roche announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted the company’s supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Tecentriq in combination with Abraxane and carboplatin for the initial treatment of people with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who do not have EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.

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Genentech Cutting More Jobs in Bay Area

South San Francisco-based Genentech filed with the State of California, indicating that the Roche company planned to cut 83 jobs.

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Roche’s lung cancer combo treatment wins FDA approval

Roche Holding AG’s Tecentriq immunotherapy in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as a first-line treatment for a type of lung cancer.

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Celgene Ends Navicixizumab Licensing Deal with OncoMed

Shares of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals fell after the company announced that Celgene walked away from a deal to license the bispecific antibody navicixizumab.

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Merck’s Keytruda chemo cocktail wins EU approval

Merck & Co.’s key cancer drug Keytruda was approved for use in Europe in combination with chemotherapy in previously untreated lung cancer patients.

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FDA extends review of Roche’s Tecentriq by 3 months

Roche said the U.S. FDA extended by three months the review period for Tecentriq in combination therapy as a first-line treatment for a form of lung cancer.

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FDA Approves Expanded Label For Merck’s Keytruda

The U.S. FDA approved an expanded label for Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda in combination with Alimta (pemetrexed) and platinum chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer, with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations, based on results of the KEYNOTE-189 trial.

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FDA Grants Priority Review to Merck’s Supplemental BLA for Keytruda in Combination with Chemo as First-Line Treatment for Metastatic Squamous NSCLC

The U.S. FDA accepted for review Merck’s supplemental Biologics License Application for the anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda in combination with carboplatin-paclitaxel or nab-paclitaxel as a first-line treatment for metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer, regardless of PD-L1 expression.

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