Competition set to intensify as multiple combination therapies gain approval
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a dynamic oncology indication with high unmet need remains a key area of focus for drug developers. NSCLC is defined by driver mutations, and treatment is becoming increasingly fragmented as more biomarker-driven therapies enter the market. Nevertheless, owing to the limited size of these patient subpopulations, the immune checkpoint inhibitors, most notably Keytruda (Merck & Co.), continue to dominate the NSCLC market. Competition is set to intensify further over the forecast period as multiple immune checkpoint inhibitor-based combination therapies gain approval and enter clinical practice. In addition, a flurry of novel agents and regimens from different drug classes are in development for NSCLC, including ALK, MET, and RET inhibitors, immune checkpoint inhibitors, angiogenesis inhibitors, and therapeutic vaccines, all vying for a share of the increasingly crowded and competitive market.