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Moderna and Merck Announces MRNA-4157 (V940), in Combination with Keytruda(R) (Pembrolizumab), Demonstrated Superior Results

Monday, April 17, 2023

Moderna, and Merck announced the first presentation of detailed results from the Phase 2b KEYNOTE-942/mRNA-4157-P201 trial evaluating mRNA-4157 (V940), an investigational individualised neoantigen therapy (INT), in combination with KEYTRUDA, Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy, in patients with resected high-risk melanoma (stage III/IV).

In the overall intention-to-treat population, adjuvant treatment with mRNA-4157 (V940) in combination with KEYTRUDA demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in recurrence-free survival (RFS), and reduced the risk of recurrence or death by 44% (HR=0.56 [95% CI, 0.309-1.017]; one-sided p value=0.0266) compared with KEYTRUDA alone.

The superior results provide further encouragement for the potential of mRNA as an individualised neoantigen therapy to positively impact patients with high-risk resected melanoma. The profound observed reduction in the risk of recurrence-free survival suggests this combination enables to be a novel means of potentially extending the lives of patients with high-risk melanoma.

KEYTRUDA is an anti-programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) therapy that works by increasing the ability of the body's immune system to help detect and fight tumour cells. KEYTRUDA is a humanised monoclonal antibody that blocks the interaction between PD-1 and its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, thereby activating T lymphocytes which may affect both tumour cells and healthy cells.

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