The application is based primarily on results from an international, multi-centre, randomised Phase III study of ofatumumab in combination with chlorambucil versus chlorambucil alone in more than 400 patients with previously untreated CLL. Headline results from this trial were announced in May, 2013 and the full study results are scheduled to be presented at the 2013 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in December.
About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia
CLL is the most common form of leukaemia in adults. Based on estimates by the American Cancer Society, CLL will account for more than 15,680 new cases and more than 4,580 deaths in the United States of America alone in 2013. At present, no curative chemotherapy is available.
About Arzerra® (ofatumumab)
Ofatumumab is not approved or licensed anywhere in the world for use in patients who have not received treatment for CLL. Ofatumumab is a human monoclonal antibody which targets an epitope on the CD20 molecule encompassing parts of the small and large extracellular loops2. Ofatumumab is being developed under a co-development and collaboration agreement between Genmab and GlaxoSmithKline.
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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®), was approved to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia 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.