Roche's Guide To Success In Oncology
Roche's potential in the growing field of immuno-oncology has been a game of wait and see. But now that Tecentriq has launched, the company believes the components are in place to maintain its leadership position in oncology.
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The biopharmaceutical industry is hoping the terms set under the negotiations with the FDA for the sixth round of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act will help reduce the time and money spent on developing medicines, allowing companies to get their products into the commercial setting quicker and maximize those therapies' potential.
Roche presented a strong second quarter and was able to highlight a positive debut of Tecentriq, its PD-L1 antagonist, which brought the Swiss group into the lauded programed-death checkpoint inhibitor field.