BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Biotech investors take note: On Weds. May 18, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will be posting online the full content of cancer drug research abstracts to be presented next month at its closely watched annual meeting in Chicago.

The ASCO research abstracts will be posted on the medical society's web site starting at 6 p.m. EDT -- free for everyone to browse and download. The ASCO annual meeting -- the most important cancer drug research meeting every year -- runs June 3-7.

Biotech traders start focusing on "ASCO stocks" early in the year, well before the release of research abstracts.

A research abstract is simply a summary of clinical data to be presented at a medical conference. The abstract typically includes a brief description of the clinical study, the types of patients enrolled and sometimes, a brief summary of the study results, including efficacy and safety data.

Research abstracts can be flinty on the important details investors want to know. Think of a research abstract as a placeholder a company uses to reserve a spot at a medical meeting. A cancer research meeting like ASCO is a very hot ticket, so companies vie for presentation slots well in advance. Often, that means the cancer drug data companies want to present isn't ready or fully analyzed yet. ASCO abstracts, therefore, often summarize the study but put off disclosing the important details (like if the drug being studied works and is safe) until the actual data presentation at the meeting.

To make it easier for investors to search ASCO's annual meeting web site next Wednesday, I put together a list of abstracts most interesting to Wall Street, arranged alphabetically by drug sponsor.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals ( ARIA) and Merck ( MRK)
Abstract No. 10005
Abstract title: Results of the phase III, placebo-controlled trial (SUCCEED) evaluating the mTOR inhibitor ridaforolimus (R) as maintenance therapy in advanced sarcoma patients (pts) following clinical benefit from prior standard cytotoxic chemotherapy (CT).

Arqule ( ARQL)
Abstract No. TPS217
Abstract title: A phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of erlotinib plus ARQ 197 versus erlotinib plus placebo in previously treated subjects with locally advanced or metastatic, nonsquamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) .

Bristol-Myers Squibb ( BMY)
Abstract No. LBA5 (plenary session)
Abstract title: Phase III randomized study of ipilimumab (IPI) plus dacarbazine (DTIC) versus DTIC alone as first-line treatment in patients with unresectable stage III or IV melanoma.

Cell Therapeutics ( CTIC)
Abstract No. 6517
Abstract title: Interim results of OPAL, a study of tosedostat in elderly relapsed/refractory AML.

Exelixis ( EXEL)
Abstract No. (Not listed)
Abstract title: Activity of cabozantinib (XL184) in advanced ovarian cancer patients (pts): Results from a phase II randomized discontinuation trial (RDT).

Abstract No. 4516
Abstract title: Cabozantinib (XL184) in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC): Results from a phase II randomized discontinuation trial.

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ)
Abstract No. 4500
Abstract title: Abiraterone acetate (AA) in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and prior therapy with ketoconazole: A Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium study.

Abstract No.: 4520
Abstract title: Effect of abiraterone acetate (AA) on pain control and skeletal-related events (SRE) in patients (pts) with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) post docetaxel (D): Results from the COU-AA-301 phase III study.

Incyte ( INCY)
Abstract No. 6500
Abstract title: Results of COMFORT-I, a randomized double-blind phase III trial of JAK 1/2 inhibitor INCB18424 (424) versus placebo (PB) for patients with myelofibrosis (MF).

Medivation ( MDVN)
Abstract No. 4501
Abstract title: MDV3100 effects on androgen receptor (AR) signaling and bone marrow testosterone concentration modulation: A preliminary report.

Nektar Therapeutics ( NKTR)
Abstract No. 1034
Abstract title: Antitumor activity in a randomized phase II study comparing two schedules of NKTR-102 in patients (Pts) with pretreated metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Abstract No. 5047
Abstract title: The role of NKTR-102 in women with platinum resistant/refractory ovarian cancer and failure on pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD).

Neoprobe ( NEOP)
Abstract No: LBA8526
Abstract title: A phase III study of receptor-targeted tilmanocept versus blue dye in evaluation of SLNs in breast cancer and melanoma.

Oncogenex ( OGXI)
Abstract No. 4502
Abtstract title: An evaluation of clusterin antisense inhibitor OGX-011 in combination with the second-generation antiandrogen MDV3100 in a castrate-resistant prostate cancer model.

Onyx Pharmaceuticals ( ONXX)
Abstract No. 8025
Abstract title: Interim results from PX-171-006, a phase (Ph) II multicenter dose-expansion study of carfilzomib (CFZ), lenalidomide (LEN), and low-dose dexamethasone (loDex) in relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma (R/R MM).

Abstract No. 8026
Abstract title: The effect of carfilzomib (CFZ) in patients (Pts) with bortezomib (BTZ)-naïve relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MM): Updated results from the PX-171 004 study.

Abstract No. 8027
Abstract title: PX-171-003-A1, an open-label, single-arm, phase (Ph) II study of carfilzomib (CFZ) in patients (pts) with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (R/R MM): Long-term follow-up and subgroup analysis.

Pfizer ( PFE)
Abstract No.: 4503
Abstract title: Axitinib versus sorafenib as second-line therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC): Results of phase III AXIS trial.

Pharmacyclics ( PCYC)
Abstract No. 6508
Abstract title: Activity and tolerability of the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) inhibitor PCI-32765 in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocyticlymphoma (CLL/SLL): Interim results of a phase Ib/II study.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN)
Abstract No. 5017
Abstract title: Phase II multi-institutional study of docetaxel plus aflibercept (AVE0005, NSC# 724770) in patients with recurrent ovarian, primary peritoneal, and fallopian tube cancer.

Roche
Abstract No. LB4
Abstract title: Phase III randomized, open-label, multicenter trial (BRIM3) comparing BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib with dacarbazine (DTIC) in patients with V600E-BRAF-mutated melanoma.Sun. Junr 5, 3:15 pm (Plenary session)

Roche and Immunogen ( IMGN)
Abstract No. TPS102
Abstract title: MARIANNE: A phase III, randomized study of trastuzumab-DM1 (T-DM1) with or without pertuzumab (P) compared with trastuzumab (H) plus taxane for first-line treatment of HER2-positive, progressive, or recurrent locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Abstract No. TPS116
Abstract title: EMILIA: A phase III, randomized, multicenter study of trastuzumab-DM1 (T-DM1) compared with lapatinib (L) plus capecitabine (X) in patients with HER2-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and previously treated with a trastuzumab-based regimen.

Roche and Curis ( CRIS)
Abstract No. TPS173
Abstract title: A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled phase II study of FOLFOX with or without GDC-0449 (vismodegib) in patients with advanced gastric and gastroesophageal junction carcinoma (NCI 8376).

Sanofi ( SNY)
Abstract No. 1007
Abstract title: A randomized phase III study of iniparib (BSI-201) in combination with gemcitabine/carboplatin (G/C) in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).

Synta Pharmaceuticals ( SNTA)
Abstract No. 7500
Abstract Title: An open-label phase II study of the Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib (STA-9090) as monotherapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Vical ( VICL)
Abstract No: 8572
Abstract title: Association of response and survival in Allovectin melanoma trials.

YMI Biosciences ( YMI)
Abstract No. 6514
Abstract title: Safety and efficacy of CYT387, a JAK-1/2 inhibitor, for the treatment of myelofibrosis.

Ziopharm Oncology ( ZIOP) (Note: These are Intrexon data)
Abstract No. 2540
Abstract title: Immunotherapy of advanced melanoma by intratumoral injections of autologous, purified dendritic cells transduced with gene construct of interleukin-12, with dose-dependent expression under the control of an oral activator ligand.

Sources: BioMedTracker; TheStreet research; analyst, company reports.

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