Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has received the Prix Galien USA 2015 Award for Best Biotechnology Product for Opdivo, the Company's PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor.
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that it received the Prix Galien USA 2015 Award for Best Biotechnology Product for Opdivo (nivolumab), the Company’s PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor. Bristol-Myers Squibb was recognized for its innovative discovery and development of Opdivo in approved indications for previously treated metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and in unresectable or metastatic melanoma and disease progression following Yervoy (ipilimumab) and, ifBRAF V600 mutation positive, a BRAF inhibitor, for which itreceived accelerated approval based on tumor response rate and durability of response. Since the submission for the Best Biotechnology Award, Opdivo has also been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the combination ofOpdivo + Yervoy, the first FDA-approved regimen of two Immuno-Oncology agents, in BRAF V600 wild-type unresectable or metastatic melanoma, as well as for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-squamous NSCLC with progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.
The announcement was made during the ninth annual Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony held on October 27, 2015 in New York City. The Prix Galien USA Award, which is selected by a preeminent scientific committee that includes several Nobel Laureates, honors outstanding achievements in improving the human condition through the development of innovative therapies. This is the second honor received by Bristol-Myers Squibb in the Best Biotechnology Product category, making it the only company to receive this award for two Immuno-Oncology agents. In 2012, Yervoy received the award, following its initial approval for unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Building on this pioneering science, the Company continues to research the potential of Immuno-Oncology to extend survival in some of the hardest-to-treat cancers.
“We are pleased to be acknowledged for our Company’s scientific contributions to this historic time in cancer research, when the science of Immuno-Oncology is helping to change expectations in cancer care,” said Francis Cuss, MB BChir, FRCP, executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Receiving the Prix Galien USA 2015 Award for Best Biotechnology Product underscores our efforts with the Opdivoearly- and late-stage clinical program in patients with some of the hardest-to-treat cancers, like advanced melanoma and squamous non-small cell lung cancer.”