Biotech Tweet of the Week: The Best of ASCO Is Yet to Come

ASCO abstracts were released earlier this month, but we haven't seen data on drugs from AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck just yet.

May 27, 2014 at 2:30PM

On this week's episode of Biotech Banter, senior biotech specialist Brian Orelli and health-care analyst David Williamson discuss the tweet of the week from David Miller of AlpineBioVentures, who says, "Tip for those new to the ASCO thing: Abstracts are less than half the story. Posters & presentations are the real data."

We got a lot of data in the abstracts that were released earlier this month. But as David points, out there's more data to come.

The late-0breaking abstracts won't be released until the meeting begins on Friday. There investors can expect to see phase 2 data on AstraZeneca's (NYSE:AZN) ovarian cancer drug olaparib, phase 3 lung cancer data for Eli Lilly's (NYSE:LLY) Cyramza, and phase 3 data for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Pharmacyclics' Imbruvica in elderly patients with CLL. There will also be a couple of high-profile melanoma studies: Bristol-Myers Squibb's (NYSE:BMY) Yervoy as an adjuvant therapy after surgery and the use of Merck's (NYSE:MRK) MK-3475 in patients who haven't received Yervoy.

Investors can also look forward to expanded data from the abstracts that were released last week. Brian highlights safety data for Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy-PD1 combo that he's looking forward to seeing. Watch the following video for further insight on what to expect at ASCO.

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