BMS to Collaborate with Novartis to Test Nivolumab in NSCLC

Combining nivolumab, an immuno-oncology molecule, with 1 of 3 targeted agents from Novartis is expected to improve patient response in NSCLC.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced today the establishment of a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of combining Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor (nivolumab)with three molecularly targeted oncology therapies ( (ceritinib), INC280 and EGF816) from Novartis (NYSE: NVS). Novartis will conduct two Phase 1/2 studies focused on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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“Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to advancing the science, research and development of immunotherapy as an innovative approach to treating cancer in multiple tumor types,” said Michael Giordano, senior vice president, Oncology Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Combining with select targeted agents from Novartis complements our broad global development strategy of immuno-oncology combinations across the spectrum of lung cancer settings, and supports our goal of improving outcomes for patients. We look forward to working with Novartis to fully explore how the combination of these agents can potentially advance care for lung cancer patients.”

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