GSK’s long-quiet cancer R&D group is ready to make some noise as it mounts a breakout late-stage effort
SAN FRANCISCO — Four years after GSK swapped out its commercial portfolio of cancer drugs to Novartis, new CEO Emma Walmsley is now ready to foster a global role for the cancer research group that was left in the patient hands of Axel Hoos.
The star program belongs to a BCMA antibody-drug conjugate titled GSK2857916, newly equipped with the FDA’s breakthrough designation for the hardest cases of multiple myeloma. Hoos, who now works for cancer drug legend Hal Barron, believes that his team is on pace to steer this to an approval and launch in 2020. And the oncology chief is now busily looking to beef up the cancer drug pipeline with new deals.
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