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Opdivo Plus Yervoy Combination Delivered Overall Survival Benefit Across PD-L1 Expression Levels in Intermediate- and Poor-Risk Patients with Previously Untreated Advanced or Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Results also show that patients reported significantly better
kidney cancer symptom control in the
Opdivo (nivolumab)
plus
Yervoy (ipilimumab) arm compared to the sunitinib arm

Bristol-Myers
Squibb Company
(NYSE:BMY) announced today results from a new
exploratory analysis of the phase 3 CheckMate -214 trial evaluating Opdivo
(nivolumab) plus Yervoy (ipilimumab) versus the standard of care,
sunitinib, in intermediate- and poor-risk patients with previously
untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In an
exploratory analysis of PD-L1 expression subgroups, an overall survival
(OS) advantage was seen with the Opdivo plus Yervoy combination
over sunitinib in both the PD-L1 expression level <1% [HR= 0.73, (CI:
95% 0.56 to 0.96)] and ≥1% subgroups [HR= 0.45 (CI: 95% 0.29 to 0.71)].
The median overall survival (OS) was not reached for the Opdivo
plus Yervoy combination or sunitinib for those with PD-L1 levels
< 1%, and for patients with PD-L1 expression levels ≥1%, the median OS
was not reached for the combination and was 19.6 months for sunitinib.
The safety profile of Opdivo plus Yervoy was consistent
with that of previous reports.

These data will be presented on November 10 at the Society for
Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 32nd Annual Meeting in National Harbor,
MD, during the High Impact Clinical Trial Results Session from 3:50 to
4:05 PM EST (Abstract #O38). Previously, the Company announced the phase
3 trial stopped early, at the Data Monitoring Committee's
recommendation, for statistically significant superiority in OS with Opdivo
plus Yervoy versus sunitinib. Results of CheckMate -214,
including the primary endpoints of OS, objective response rate (ORR) and
progression-free survival (PFS) in intermediate- and poor-risk patients,
were presented earlier this year at the European Society for Medical
Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress on September 10 in Madrid, Spain.

"After seeing overall survival data from CheckMate -214 two months ago,
the scientific community has been eager to understand the role of
subgroups in these results," said Robert J. Motzer, M.D., Jack and
Dorothy Byrne Chair in Clinical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center. "We're pleased to show that in CheckMate -214, patients
with first-line advanced renal cell carcinoma saw an overall survival
benefit across PD-L1 expression levels. The PD-L1 analysis results,
quality of life data and safety profile advance our understanding of the
combination's potential to address a high unmet need for intermediate-
and poor-risk patients with advanced disease."

Findings from an exploratory endpoint showed patients reported
statistically significantly better kidney cancer symptom control with
the Opdivo plus Yervoy combination compared to sunitinib,
when assessed using a valid tumor-specific patient-reported kidney
cancer scale in the FKSI-19. Through the first six months of data, when
completion rates exceeded 80%, a 3-6 point difference was observed,
which is considered clinically meaningful.

"As a leader in Immuno-Oncology, we are committed to improving overall
survival and are encouraged by these results in patients with advanced
renal cell carcinoma, whose treatment options remain limited," said
Arvin Yang, M.D., Ph.D., development lead, melanoma and genitourinary
cancers, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "We continue to evaluate the potential of Opdivo
plus Yervoy in this population and look forward to discussing
these results with regulatory authorities."

About CheckMate -214

CheckMate -214 is a phase 3, randomized, open-label study evaluating the
combination of Opdivo plus Yervoy versus sunitinib in
patients with previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell
carcinoma. Patients in the combination group received Opdivo 3
mg/kg plus Yervoy 1 mg/kg every 3 weeks for 4 doses followed by Opdivo
3 mg/kg every 2 weeks. Patients in the comparator group received
sunitinib 50 mg once daily for 4 weeks, followed by 2 weeks off before
continuation of treatment. Patients were treated until progression or
unacceptable toxic effects. The primary endpoints of the trial are
overall survival (OS), objective response rate (ORR), and
progression-free survival (PFS) in an intermediate- to poor-risk patient
population (approximately 75% of patients). Safety is a secondary
endpoint.

Grade 3/4 adverse events (AEs) were reported in 46% of patients
(252/547) in the combination group, compared with 63% of patients
(337/535) in the sunitinib group. The most common grade 3/4 AEs in the
combination group were fatigue (4%), diarrhea (4%), nausea (2%),
decreased appetite (1%), and, in less than 1% each, pruritus,
hypothyroidism and hypertension. In the sunitinib group, the most common
grade 3/4 AEs were hypertension (16%), fatigue (9%), Palmar-plantar
erythrodysaesthesia syndrome (9%), diarrhea (5%), stomatitis (3%),
mucosal inflammation (3%), nausea (1%), decreased appetite (1%), and in
less than 1% each, hypothyroidism and dysgeusia. Adverse events (AEs)
leading to discontinuation were reported in 22% of patients (120/547) in
the combination group, compared with 12% of patients in the sunitinib
group (64/535). Seven treatment-related deaths occurred in the
combination group and four in the sunitinib group.

About Renal Cell Carcinoma

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer in
adults, accounting for more than 100,000 deaths worldwide each year.
Clear-cell RCC is the most prevalent type of RCC and constitutes 80% to
90% of all patients. RCC is approximately twice as common in men as in
women, with the highest rates of the disease in North America and
Europe. Globally, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with
metastatic, or advanced, kidney cancer is 12.1%.

Bristol-Myers Squibb & Immuno-Oncology:
Advancing Oncology Research

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, patients are at the center of everything we do.
Our vision for the future of cancer care is focused on researching and
developing transformational Immuno-Oncology (I-O) medicines for
hard-to-treat cancers that could potentially improve outcomes for these
patients.

We are leading the scientific understanding of I-O through our extensive
portfolio of investigational compounds and approved agents. Our
differentiated clinical development program is studying broad patient
populations across more than 50 types of cancers with 14 clinical-stage
molecules designed to target different immune system pathways. Our deep
expertise and innovative clinical trial designs position us to advance
I-O/I-O, I-O/chemotherapy, I-O/targeted therapies and I-O radiation
therapies across multiple tumors and potentially deliver the next wave
of therapies with a sense of urgency. We also continue to pioneer
research that will help facilitate a deeper understanding of the role of
immune biomarkers and how patients' tumor biology can be used as a guide
for treatment decisions throughout their journey.

We understand making the promise of I-O a reality for the many patients
who may benefit from these therapies requires not only innovation on our
part but also close collaboration with leading experts in the field. Our
partnerships with academia, government, advocacy and biotech companies
support our collective goal of providing new treatment options to
advance the standards of clinical practice.

About Opdivo

Opdivo is a programmed death-1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint inhibitor
that is designed to uniquely harness the body's own immune system to
help restore anti-tumor immune response. By harnessing the body's own
immune system to fight cancer, Opdivo has become an important
treatment option across multiple cancers.

Opdivo's leading global development program is based on
Bristol-Myers Squibb's scientific expertise in the field of
Immuno-Oncology and includes a broad range of clinical trials across all
phases, including Phase 3, in a variety of tumor types. To date, the Opdivo
clinical development program has enrolled more than 25,000 patients. The Opdivo
trials have contributed to gaining a deeper understanding of the
potential role of biomarkers in patient care, particularly regarding how
patients may benefit from Opdivo across the continuum of PD-L1
expression.

In July 2014, Opdivo was the first PD-1 immune checkpoint
inhibitor to receive regulatory approval anywhere in the world. Opdivo
is currently approved in more than 60 countries, including the United
States, the European Union and Japan. In October 2015, the company's Opdivo
and Yervoy combination regimen was the first Immuno-Oncology
combination to receive regulatory approval for the treatment of
metastatic melanoma and is currently approved in more than 50 countries,
including the United States and the European Union.

U.S. FDA-APPROVED INDICATIONS FOR OPDIVO®

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) as a single agent is indicated for the
treatment of patients with BRAF V600 mutation-positive unresectable or
metastatic melanoma. This indication is approved under accelerated
approval based on progression-free survival. Continued approval for this
indication may be contingent upon verification and description of
clinical benefit in the confirmatory trials.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) as a single agent is indicated for the
treatment of patients with BRAF V600 wild-type unresectable or
metastatic melanoma.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab), in combination with YERVOY®
(ipilimumab), is indicated for the treatment of patients with
unresectable or metastatic melanoma. This indication is approved under
accelerated approval based on progression-free survival. Continued
approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and
description of clinical benefit in the confirmatory trials.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of
patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with
progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients with EGFR
or ALK genomic tumor aberrations should have disease progression on
FDA-approved therapy for these aberrations prior to receiving OPDIVO.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of
patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have received
prior anti-angiogenic therapy.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult
patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or
progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
(HSCT) and brentuximab vedotin or after 3 or more lines of systemic
therapy that includes autologous HSCT. This indication is approved under
accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval
for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description
of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of
patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the
head and neck (SCCHN) with disease progression on or after
platinum-based therapy.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of
patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who
have disease progression during or following platinum-containing
chemotherapy or have disease progression within 12 months of neoadjuvant
or adjuvant treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy. This
indication is approved under accelerated approval based on tumor
response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for this
indication may be contingent upon verification and description of
clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of adults
and pediatric (12 years and older) patients with microsatellite
instability high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic
colorectal cancer (CRC) that has progressed following treatment with a
fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan. This indication is
approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and
duration of response. Continued approval for this indication may be
contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in
confirmatory trials.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is indicated for the treatment of
patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have been previously
treated with sorafenib. This indication is approved under accelerated
approval based on tumor response rate and durability of response.
Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon
verification and description of clinical benefit in the confirmatory
trials.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: IMMUNE-MEDIATED ADVERSE REACTIONS

YERVOY can result in severe and fatal immune-mediated adverse
reactions. These immune-mediated reactions may involve any organ system;
however, the most common severe immune-mediated adverse reactions are
enterocolitis, hepatitis, dermatitis (including toxic epidermal
necrolysis), neuropathy, and endocrinopathy. The majority of these
immune-mediated reactions initially manifested during treatment;
however, a minority occurred weeks to months after discontinuation of
YERVOY.

Assess patients for signs and symptoms of enterocolitis, dermatitis,
neuropathy, and endocrinopathy and evaluate clinical chemistries
including liver function tests (LFTs), adrenocorticotropic hormone
(ACTH) level, and thyroid function tests at baseline and before each
dose.

Permanently discontinue YERVOY and initiate systemic high-dose
corticosteroid therapy for severe immune-mediated reactions.

Immune-Mediated Pneumonitis

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated pneumonitis. Fatal cases have been
reported. Monitor patients for signs with radiographic imaging and for
symptoms of pneumonitis. Administer corticosteroids for Grade 2 or more
severe pneumonitis. Permanently discontinue for Grade 3 or 4 and
withhold until resolution for Grade 2. In patients receiving OPDIVO
monotherapy, fatal cases of immune-mediated pneumonitis have occurred.
Immune-mediated pneumonitis occurred in 3.1% (61/1994) of patients. In
patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, immune-mediated pneumonitis
occurred in 6% (25/407) of patients.

In Checkmate 205 and 039, pneumonitis, including interstitial lung
disease, occurred in 6.0% (16/266) of patients receiving OPDIVO.
Immune-mediated pneumonitis occurred in 4.9% (13/266) of patients
receiving OPDIVO: Grade 3 (n=1) and Grade 2 (n=12).

Immune-Mediated Colitis

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated colitis. Monitor patients for signs and
symptoms of colitis. Administer corticosteroids for Grade 2 (of more
than 5 days duration), 3, or 4 colitis. Withhold OPDIVO monotherapy for
Grade 2 or 3 and permanently discontinue for Grade 4 or recurrent
colitis upon re-initiation of OPDIVO. When administered with YERVOY,
withhold OPDIVO and YERVOY for Grade 2 and permanently discontinue for
Grade 3 or 4 or recurrent colitis. In patients receiving OPDIVO
monotherapy, immune-mediated colitis occurred in 2.9% (58/1994) of
patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, immune-mediated
colitis occurred in 26% (107/407) of patients including three fatal
cases.

In a separate Phase 3 study of YERVOY 3 mg/kg, severe, life-threatening,
or fatal (diarrhea of ≥7 stools above baseline, fever, ileus, peritoneal
signs; Grade 3-5) immune-mediated enterocolitis occurred in 34 (7%)
patients. Across all YERVOY-treated patients in that study (n=511), 5
(1%) developed intestinal perforation, 4 (0.8%) died as a result of
complications, and 26 (5%) were hospitalized for severe enterocolitis.

Immune-Mediated Hepatitis

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated hepatitis. Monitor patients for
abnormal liver tests prior to and periodically during treatment.
Administer corticosteroids for Grade 2 or greater transaminase
elevations. For patients without HCC, withhold OPDIVO for Grade 2 and
permanently discontinue OPDIVO for Grade 3 or 4. For patients with HCC,
withhold OPDIVO and administer corticosteroids if AST/ALT is within
normal limits at baseline and increases to >3 and up to 5 times the
upper limit of normal (ULN), if AST/ALT is >1 and up to 3 times ULN at
baseline and increases to >5 and up to 10 times the ULN, and if AST/ALT
is >3 and up to 5 times ULN at baseline and increases to >8 and up to 10
times the ULN. Permanently discontinue OPDIVO and administer
corticosteroids if AST or ALT increases to >10 times the ULN or total
bilirubin increases >3 times the ULN. In patients receiving OPDIVO
monotherapy, immune-mediated hepatitis occurred in 1.8% (35/1994) of
patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, immune-mediated
hepatitis occurred in 13% (51/407) of patients.

In Checkmate 040, immune-mediated hepatitis requiring systemic
corticosteroids occurred in 5% (8/154) of patients receiving OPDIVO.

In a separate Phase 3 study of YERVOY 3 mg/kg, severe, life-threatening,
or fatal hepatotoxicity (AST or ALT elevations >5x the ULN or total
bilirubin elevations >3x the ULN; Grade 3-5) occurred in 8 (2%) patients,
with fatal hepatic failure in 0.2% and hospitalization in 0.4%.

Immune-Mediated Neuropathies

In a separate Phase 3 study of YERVOY 3 mg/kg, 1 case of fatal
Guillain-Barré syndrome and 1 case of severe (Grade 3) peripheral motor
neuropathy were reported.

Immune-Mediated Endocrinopathies

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated hypophysitis, immune-mediated adrenal
insufficiency, autoimmune thyroid disorders, and Type 1 diabetes
mellitus. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of hypophysitis, signs
and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, thyroid function prior to and
periodically during treatment, and hyperglycemia. Administer hormone
replacement as clinically indicated and corticosteroids for Grade 2 or
greater hypophysitis. Withhold for Grade 2 or 3 and permanently
discontinue for Grade 4 hypophysitis. Administer corticosteroids for
Grade 3 or 4 adrenal insufficiency. Withhold for Grade 2 and permanently
discontinue for Grade 3 or 4 adrenal insufficiency. Administer
hormone-replacement therapy for hypothyroidism. Initiate medical
management for control of hyperthyroidism. Withhold OPDIVO for Grade 3
and permanently discontinue for Grade 4 hyperglycemia.

In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, hypophysitis occurred in 0.6%
(12/1994) of patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY,
hypophysitis occurred in 9% (36/407) of patients. In patients receiving
OPDIVO monotherapy, adrenal insufficiency occurred in 1% (20/1994) of
patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, adrenal
insufficiency occurred in 5% (21/407) of patients. In patients receiving
OPDIVO monotherapy, hypothyroidism or thyroiditis resulting in
hypothyroidism occurred in 9% (171/1994) of patients. Hyperthyroidism
occurred in 2.7% (54/1994) of patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy. In
patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, hypothyroidism or thyroiditis
resulting in hypothyroidism occurred in 22% (89/407) of patients.
Hyperthyroidism occurred in 8% (34/407) of patients receiving OPDIVO
with YERVOY. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, diabetes occurred
in 0.9% (17/1994) of patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY,
diabetes occurred in 1.5% (6/407) of patients.

In a separate Phase 3 study of YERVOY 3 mg/kg, severe to
life-threatening immune-mediated endocrinopathies (requiring
hospitalization, urgent medical intervention, or interfering with
activities of daily living; Grade 3-4) occurred in 9 (1.8%) patients.
All 9 patients had hypopituitarism, and some had additional concomitant
endocrinopathies such as adrenal insufficiency, hypogonadism, and
hypothyroidism. 6 of the 9 patients were hospitalized for severe
endocrinopathies.

Immune-Mediated Nephritis and Renal Dysfunction

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated nephritis. Monitor patients for
elevated serum creatinine prior to and periodically during treatment.
Administer corticosteroids for Grades 2-4 increased serum creatinine.
Withhold OPDIVO for Grade 2 or 3 and permanently discontinue for Grade 4
increased serum creatinine. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy,
immune-mediated nephritis and renal dysfunction occurred in 1.2%
(23/1994) of patients. In patients receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY,
immune-mediated nephritis and renal dysfunction occurred in 2.2% (9/407)
of patients.

Immune-Mediated Skin Adverse Reactions and Dermatitis

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated rash, including Stevens-Johnson
syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), some cases with
fatal outcome. Administer corticosteroids for Grade 3 or 4 rash.
Withhold for Grade 3 and permanently discontinue for Grade 4 rash. For
symptoms or signs of SJS or TEN, withhold OPDIVO and refer the patient
for specialized care for assessment and treatment; if confirmed,
permanently discontinue. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy,
immune-mediated rash occurred in 9% (171/1994) of patients. In patients
receiving OPDIVO with YERVOY, immune-mediated rash occurred in 22.6%
(92/407) of patients.

In a separate Phase 3 study of YERVOY 3 mg/kg, severe, life-threatening,
or fatal immune-mediated dermatitis (eg, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis, or rash complicated by full thickness dermal
ulceration, or necrotic, bullous, or hemorrhagic manifestations; Grade
3-5) occurred in 13 (2.5%) patients. 1 (0.2%) patient died as a result
of toxic epidermal necrolysis. 1 additional patient required
hospitalization for severe dermatitis.

Immune-Mediated Encephalitis

OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated encephalitis. Evaluation of patients
with neurologic symptoms may include, but not be limited to,
consultation with a neurologist, brain MRI, and lumbar puncture.
Withhold OPDIVO in patients with new-onset moderate to severe neurologic
signs or symptoms and evaluate to rule out other causes. If other
etiologies are ruled out, administer corticosteroids and permanently
discontinue OPDIVO for immune-mediated encephalitis. In patients
receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, encephalitis occurred in 0.2% (3/1994) of
patients. Fatal limbic encephalitis occurred in one patient after 7.2
months of exposure despite discontinuation of OPDIVO and administration
of corticosteroids. Encephalitis occurred in one patient receiving
OPDIVO with YERVOY (0.2%) after 1.7 months of exposure.

Other Immune-Mediated Adverse Reactions

Based on the severity of the adverse reaction, permanently discontinue
or withhold OPDIVO, administer high-dose corticosteroids, and, if
appropriate, initiate hormone-replacement therapy. Across clinical
trials of OPDIVO monotherapy or in combination with YERVOY, the
following clinically significant immune-mediated adverse reactions, some
with fatal outcome, occurred in <1.0% of patients receiving OPDIVO:
myocarditis, rhabdomyolysis, myositis, uveitis, iritis, pancreatitis,
facial and abducens nerve paresis, demyelination, polymyalgia
rheumatica, autoimmune neuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome,
hypopituitarism, systemic inflammatory response syndrome, gastritis,
duodenitis, sarcoidosis, histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi
lymphadenitis), motor dysfunction, vasculitis, and myasthenic syndrome.

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