Bristol-Myers Squibb and Flatiron Health Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Cancer Research and Development Efforts

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) and Flatiron Health, a market leader in oncology-specific electronic health record software and the curation of regulatory-grade real-world data for cancer research and real-world evidence (RWE) generation, expanded their relationship today by announcing a three-year collaboration agreement.

Bristol-Myers Squibb will use Flatiron’s real-world data to accelerate its research and development efforts, as well as improve its ability to generate additional evidence on the use of its cancer medicines outside of clinical trials. With the expanded collaboration, the two companies intend to form a joint Scientific Advisory Board to advance the use of RWE for regulatory decision making.

“Our continued collaboration with Flatiron further strengthens our comprehensive RWE capabilities, an important component of our oncology drug development program, giving us greater insight into the use and impact of our cancer therapies,” said Thomas J. Lynch, M.D., executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We will work with Flatiron to contribute to RWE industry guidance and standards, and advance new regulatory-focused RWE use cases. Ultimately, this work will enable us to accelerate our ability to help patients.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb will use Flatiron data to generate RWE across a substantial range of tumors and will collaborate, along with other stakeholders, on the development and validation of real-world endpoints within Flatiron’s longitudinal datasets. Additionally, the partnership includes broadened access to Flatiron and Foundation Medicine’s jointly established Clinico-Genomic Database.

“Bristol-Myers Squibb has been an important partner since 2014 when we first began working together on the development of our initial real-world datasets,” said Amy Abernethy, M.D., chief scientific officer, chief medical officer and SVP, oncology, Flatiron Health. “This collaboration, key legislation like the 21st Century Cures Act and an increasing focus by the Food & Drug Administration, signal a turning point where RWE is not just a promising tool, but one that is substantive and credible enough to be able to make real, outcomes-based decisions to advance medical research.”

About Flatiron Health

Flatiron Health is a healthcare technology and services company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. Our platform enables cancer researchers and care providers to learn from the experience of every patient. Currently, Flatiron partners with over 265 community cancer clinics, six major academic research centers and the top 15 therapeutic oncology companies. Additionally, Flatiron’s regulatory-grade real-world data is currently used by the Food & Drug Administration, National Cancer Institute, and other cancer researchers across the oncology community. These research initiatives include supporting post-marketing commitments, accelerating label expansions, informing health technology assessments, designing clinical trials, implementing external control arms, and, importantly, supporting quality monitoring and quality improvement at the point of care. For more information, visit

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

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