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Genmab A/S - R1507 Antibody to Enter Phase II Study to Treat Sarcoma

Summary: Genmab's Partner, Roche has Initiated a Phase II study of R1507

for the Treatment of Sarcoma

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genmab A/S (OMX: GEN) announced today that its partner, Roche has initiated a Phase II clinical study of R1507 for the treatment of recurrent or refractory sarcoma. The R1507 antibody was created by Genmab under the company's agreement with Roche and initiation of the trial will trigger a milestone payment to Genmab of USD 500,000.

"R1507 will be the first antibody created by Genmab under our agreement with Roche to enter Phase II development," said Lisa N. Drakeman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab. "We believe that R1507 may offer an additional treatment option to sarcoma patients."

About Sarcoma

Sarcoma is a cancer of the connective tissue including muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, blood vessel and deep skin tissue. Due to the wide variety of types of sarcoma, the disease is often difficult to detect, is often misdiagnosed and is complex to treat. Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer with US incidence of approximately 9,000 to 11,000 new cases per year. Of these approximately 8,000 are cases of soft tissue sarcoma and 2,000 are sarcoma of the bone.

About Genmab A/S

Genmab is a leading international biotechnology company focused on developing fully human antibody therapeutics for unmet medical needs. Using unique, cutting-edge antibody technology, Genmab's world class discovery and development teams have created and developed an extensive pipeline of products for potential treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer and autoimmune disorders. As Genmab advances towards a commercial future, we remain committed to our primary goal of improving the lives of patients who are in urgent need of new treatment options. For more information on Genmab's products and technology, visit

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