IO Biotech expands collaboration with MSD – begins phase II trial

IO Biotech is initiating a third clinical collaboration with partner MSD to develop a combination treatment for three types of cancer, comprised of MSD's blockbuster drug Keytruda and IO Biotech's lead candidate. A phase II trial is on its way, and should it prove successful, IO Biotech will maintain global commercial rights.

Mai-Britt Zocca, CEO and founder of IO Biotech, has signed off on the Danish cancer company's third deal with US-based MSD | Photo: IO Biotech / PR

Danish cancer company IO Biotech is entering its third clinical collaboration with US-based pharmaceutical giant MSD. The ambition is to develop a drug for the treatment of three different types of cancer, it reports in a press release.

IO Biotech, which recently went public on the stock exchange in the US, wants to test its immune-modulating cancer therapy, IO102-IO103, in combination with MSD's multi-blockbuster drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab).

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