SAN DIEGO, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HALO) and Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced the first patient received subcutaneous (SC) MabThera (rituximab), an anticancer biologic, in a Phase 3 registration trial using Enhanze(™ technology (rHuPH20, recombinant human hyaluronidase). This represents the second Roche cancer medicine, in addition to Herceptin® SC (trastuzumab), to enter a Phase 3 registration study as part of the Halozyme-Roche collaboration. Initiation of the clinical trial has triggered a milestone payment of $5 million to Halozyme. MabThera is approved to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) using different induction and maintenance treatments that are currently given intravenously (IV).
"The start of this Phase 3 subcutaneous MabThera trial in patients with follicular NHL signifies another major achievement for the Halozyme-Roche partnership, and represents the second Roche target to begin a pivotal trial. I congratulate the team on this important accomplishment," said Gregory Frost, Ph.D., Halozyme's president and CEO. "MabThera is the standard of ca
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