NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health on Thursday announced that the I-SPY 2 Trial has graduated the first two drugs from its multidrug standing platform trial.

The two drugs are veliparib, developed by AbbVie, and neratinib, developed by Puma Biotechnology. Both are for breast cancer.

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