Biodesix scored itself a CE mark that will help expand access to its personalized lung cancer treatment test, a big milestone in the Colorado outfit's push to bring the product into more widespread use.
More than two years ago Roche CEO Severin Schwan picked the cancer drug MetMAb out of the pipeline as one of the company's top blockbuster prospects. But on Monday its oncology R&D arm at Genentech was forced to halt a Phase III combo study matching MetMAb with Tarceva in a failed effort to block metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer after an independent monitoring group flagged the attempt for futility.
GlaxoSmithKline's MAGE-A3 cancer vaccine was viewed as a long shot by some analysts even before it missed its first co-primary endpoint last year. Yet while analysts lowered expectations in the wake of the weak data in melanoma patients, GSK is continuing to promote its prospects.
Novartis isn't wasting any time with LDK378, its promising in-development lung cancer drug, filing for FDA approval before embarking on a Phase III study for the breakthrough-designated therapy.
One of Pfizer's top cancer drug prospects in the late-stage pipeline failed the first two Phase III studies for non-small cell lung cancer, presenting the pharma giant with a key setback for its oncology group.
Biomarker testing can play in an important role in detecting cancer early and choosing the correct course of treatment, and it can be critical in dealing with deadly, fast-spreading diseases like lung cancer. China has keyed into its utility, with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) biomarker testing already prevalent throughout the country, a new report says.
Biodesix grabbed $8.3 million in Series E financing to help boost sales and marketing efforts for its personalized medicine-focused lung cancer test.
Seven months after a mid-stage cancer drug from Sanofi and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals flunked its first mid-stage test, researchers are back with another failure to report. The Cambridge, MA-based biotech said that MM-121 (SAR256212), partnered with Sanofi in a $530 million deal, failed to hit the primary endpoint on progression free survival for ovarian cancer when combined with Taxol. Once again, though, the investigators are pointing to a subpopulation which benefited from the drug.
Researchers have posted early-stage data demonstrating that Roche's PD-L1 drug MPDL3280A--which takes the blinders off the immune system to spur an attack on cancer--scored a hopeful 26% response rate among a small group of non-small cell lung cancer patients who smoked.
ArQule watched its shares scrape the bottom last fall when it pulled the plug on a late-stage lung cancer drug, but rumors that the Woburn, MA, company is primed to release data that could revive tivantinib sent its stock price up as much as 19% on Friday.