COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genmab A/S (GEN.CO) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced today the approval of Arzerra (ofatumumab) by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) for use in patients with relapsed / refractory CD20-positive chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The approval triggers a milestone payment of DKK 20 million from GSK to Genmab.
"We are pleased that patients in Japan will now have access to Arzerra. Japan is another important market for Arzerra and commercialization continues on track," said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer of Genmab.
This milestone payment is included in Genmab's 2013 financial guidance.
Ofatumumab is a human monoclonal antibody which targets an epitope on the CD20 molecule encompassing parts of the small and large extracellular loops (Teeling et al 2006). Ofatumumab is being developed under a co-development and commercialization agreement between Genmab and GlaxoSmithKline.
About Genmab A/S
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated human antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Founded in 1999, the company's first marketed antibody, ofatumumab (Arzerra(r)), was approved to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia in patients who are refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab after less than eight years in development. Genmab's validated and next generation antibody technologies are expected to provide a steady stream of future product candidates. Partnering of innovative product candidates and technologies is a key focus of Genmab's strategy and the company has alliances with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information visit www.genmab.com.
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