Merck Says PD-L1 Testing Already On The Rise, Setting Stage For First-Line Launch
Testing for the biomarker has picked up since paradigm changing data in first-line lung cancer was presented at ESMO, management said. Now, with the FDA approval of Keytruda, Merck is focused on establishing a solid lead in a big commercial market.
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