Genmab A/S Release: HuMax-CD38 Effective In Preclinical Studies
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genmab A/S (CSE: GEN) announced today that HuMax(R)-CD38 was effective in killing primary multiple myeloma cells and plasma cell leukemia cells in preclinical studies. HuMax-CD38 is a human IgG1k antibody that targets the CD38 molecule which is highly expressed on the surface of multiple myeloma tumor cells.
HuMax-CD38 was more effective in triggering both Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity (ADCC) and Complement Dependent Cytotoxicity (CDC) immune system killing mechanisms than a broad array of other human CD38 antibodies when tested on a panel of over 10 primary tumors from multiple myeloma patients, confirming earlier study results. HuMax-CD38 also potently killed tumor cells from a patient with a CD38/138 positive plasma cell leukemia which was refractory to chemotherapy at the time of analysis. Plasma cell leukemia is a manifestation of multiple myeloma in which tumor cells are present in the blood.
Furthermore, HuMax-CD38 effectively prevented the growth of CD38 positive cancer cells in an animal model.
About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells and accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers. The incidence of multiple myeloma is 5.2 per 100,000 people corresponding to 15,270 new cases in the US in 2004. In the US, approximately 11,000 deaths each year are related to multiple myeloma. At present, no cure is available, and the mean survival is approximately 3 years from time of diagnosis.
"These preclinical studies indicate that HuMax-CD38 may potentially be useful in the treatment of plasma cell leukemia, in addition to multiple myeloma," said Lisa N. Drakeman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab. "We are excited by the data and are looking forward to seeing more preclinical results."
These data are presented today by Dr. Matthias Peipp, Scientist, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany, during the "Multiple Myeloma: Biology and Novel Therapeutic Approaches" poster session at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. The poster will be available at www.genmab.com.
Genmab will hold a conference call about this news, as well as news from the HuMax-CD20 presentation at ASH, today, Monday, December 12, 2005 at
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Genmab A/S is a biotechnology company that creates and develops human antibodies for the treatment of life-threatening and debilitating diseases. Genmab has numerous products in development to treat cancer, infectious disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, and intends to continue assembling a broad portfolio of new therapeutic products. At present, Genmab has multiple partnerships to gain access to disease targets and develop novel human antibodies including agreements with Roche, Amgen and Serono. A broad alliance provides Genmab with access to Medarex, Inc.'s array of proprietary technologies, including the UltiMAb(R) platform for the rapid creation and development of human antibodies to virtually any disease target. Genmab has operations in Copenhagen, Denmark, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Princeton, New Jersey in the US. For more information about Genmab, visit www.genmab.com.
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