Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany: Driving Innovation In Cancer Care At ESMO 2017 With New Data In Hard-To-Treat Cancers

Published: Aug 31, 2017

DARMSTADT, Germany, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

ESMO 2017 abstract #

Erbitux®: 576P, 593P, 1068P, 1579P; avelumab: 1227P, 913P, 1377TiP, 882P, 856P; M6620 (ATR inhibitor): 242PD; M2698 (dual p70S6K/Akt inhibitor): 370PD, 393P; tepotinib (c-Met kinase inhibitor): 701P

  • Data to showcase Merck's strong and diverse pipeline ranging from immuno-oncology to DNA damage response 
  • Avelumab data validate potential in hard-to-treat cancers and highlight progress of the JAVELIN clinical development program 
  • First stand-alone data in mTNBC for ATR inhibitor (M6620) from Merck's comprehensive portfolio in DNA damage response  

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced it will present data for a number of tumor types across its rapidly evolving pipeline. A total of 23 abstracts, representing five therapeutic agents, will highlight the company's expanding scientific expertise at this year's European Society for Medical Oncology congress (ESMO 2017; September 8-12, Madrid, Spain).

Data to be presented include continued reinforcement of the role of established brand Erbitux® (cetuximab) as a standard of care therapy, with quality of life (QoL) data in colorectal cancer (CRC) and real-world data in both CRC and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN); updated efficacy and safety data for avelumab in metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (mMCC) and urothelial carcinoma (UC) among other cancers; and new data and updates from Merck's rapidly evolving pipeline, including first stand-alone data in metastatic triple negative breast cancer (mTNBC) from potential first-in-class ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related protein (ATR) inhibitor M6620* (also known as VX-970).

"The Merck Oncology Franchise has had a momentous year, particularly with the positive regulatory milestones achieved for avelumab. The story continues to evolve at ESMO 2017 from our legacy with Erbitux to our diverse and robust pipeline which has potential novel molecules that could become new standards of care," said Luciano Rossetti, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research & Development at the biopharma business of Merck. "The data reinforce Merck's commitment to pursuing approaches that will bring important benefits to patients and transform the way cancer is treated."

Merck's innovative approach and strategic collaborations in oncology are exemplified through the ongoing partnership with Pfizer, and the significant progress of avelumab. Granted two accelerated approvals** by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year, more recently the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending the approval of avelumab as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with mMCC. ESMO 2017 includes new data for avelumab in the treatment of mMCC, a rare and aggressive skin cancer, and 12-month follow-up data in pre-treated patients with locally advanced or metastatic UC. The progress of the broader JAVELIN clinical development program will also be highlighted, with updated data in hard-to-treat tumors such as metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma (mACC).

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