As­traZeneca touts Imfinzi im­munother­a­py com­bos for lung can­cer in push to dri­ve PD-L1 drug up­take

Fac­ing the big dogs in the PD-(L)1 space, As­traZeneca has tak­en its own con­tender Imfinzi in­to block­buster ter­ri­to­ry in its four years on the mar­ket but sees even big­ger things for the drug. Com­bi­na­tions could be the key, and ear­ly re­sults from a mid-stage test are adding some fu­el to that strat­e­gy.

Imfinzi com­bined with one of two in­ves­ti­ga­tion­al im­munother­a­pies — a CD73 an­ti­body dubbed ole­clum­ab or an In­nate’s an­ti-NGK2a named mon­al­izum­ab — topped Imfinzi alone in terms of over­all re­sponse and pro­gres­sion-free sur­vival in pa­tients with stage III non-small cell lung can­cer whose tu­mors had not wors­ened dur­ing con­cur­rent chemora­di­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­im da­ta from the Phase II COAST tri­al set to be pre­sent­ed at #ES­MO21.

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