Leena Gandhi steps out of Keytruda spotlight and into a top research job at I/O laggard Eli Lilly
Two weeks ago, Leena Gandhi was in the spotlight at AACR with the latest landmark data on Merck’s Keytruda/chemo combo for frontline lung cancer. That package ended up outshining a rival play from Bristol-Myers Squibb as Merck continued to consolidate its lead position in the field.
Today, we find out that Gandhi, an investigator at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health and a Dana-Farber vet, has been recruited by none other than Eli Lilly to head up its immuno-oncology research work. Or perhaps, more to the point, the I/O work that Lilly plans to get started on. And she’s the latest in a series of new hires that points to Lilly’s brewing interest in forging new oncology deals.
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