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GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab Present Positive Phase II Results With,ofatumumab in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

New Data to be Presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress Demonstrates the Potential Benefit of ofatumumab in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

LONDON, England; PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 15, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Genmab A/S (CSE: GEN) announced today positive primary efficacy data (evaluated at 24 Weeks) to be presented at EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (abstract number: OPO232) from a Phase II study of ofatumumab (HuMax-CD20(R)) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Ofatumumab is being co-developed under a worldwide agreement between GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab.

A total of 225 patients with active RA who have previously failed one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) were enrolled into this double-blind placebo controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ofatumumab. Patients within the study were randomized into one of four treatment groups (300 mg, 700 mg or 1000 mg ofatumumab or placebo) and assessed based on their of Rheumatology (ACR) and EULAR responses at 24 weeks. Continuation of current stable doses of methotrexate and low dose corticosteroids were permitted.

In the intention-to-treat study population, comprising 224 patients, ACR20 was achieved by 46% of all patients receiving ofatumumab, ACR50 achieved by 24% and ACR70 achieved by 6% of ofatumumab patients compared to 15%, 5% and 0% in the placebo group. Evaluated by dose groups, an ACR20 response was obtained by 41% (p=0.002), 49% (p<0.001) and 46% (p<0.001) of patients receiving 300 mg, 700 mg and 1000 mg of ofatumumab. An ACR50 response was obtained by 19%, 26% and 26% of patients receiving the varying doses of ofatumumab, with 9%, 4% and 6% obtaining an ACR70 response. These scores indicate a 20%, 50% or 70% improvement respectively in the number of swollen and tender joints, as w
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