Time from R&D start to approval of select cancer drugs 2017

This statistic shows the time between the R&D start and the approval of selected cancer drugs which were on the market as of 2017. Alexion Pharmaceuticals' drug Eculizumab had a research and development phase of over 15 years until its approval in March 2007.

Time between R&D start and approval of selected cancer drugs on the market as of 2017

Drug name (company, R&D start date)Time between R&D start and approval in years
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Release date

November 2017


United States

Survey time period

as of November 2017

Supplementary notes

This statistic includes only pharmaceutical companies with a single oncologic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
* Alexion later had two drug approvals in the last quarter of 2015; these drugs are not included in this statistic.
** Compound acquired by the company on this date.

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