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Merck Oncology Strategy: With First-Line Lung Data, A New Day Dawns For Keytruda

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Merck claims to have the broadest clinical development program for an anti-PD-1/L1 drug, with more than 270 trials under way testing Keytruda in 30 tumor types and 100 combinations.

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