Merck & Co Cancer Chief Reflects on 'Foundational' Keytruda
Roger Dansey, head of Merck's clinical development in oncology, tells Scrip that the Keynote clinical program for the blockbuster PD-1 inhibitor continues to hit endpoints across diseases and there is much more to come.
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