updated 10/26/2010 2:45:48 AM ET 2010-10-26T06:45:48

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 26, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genmab announces the start of a Phase III head to head study of ofatumumab versus rituximab in follicular NHL.

Genmab A/S (Copenhagen:GEN) announced today the start of a Phase III study of single agent ofatumumab compared to single agent rituximab in patients with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) that has relapsed at least 6 months after completion of treatment with a rituximab-containing regimen to which they responded.

Approximately 516 patients in this open-label study will be randomized to receive ofatumumab (1000 mg) or rituximab (375 mg/m2) by intravenous infusion for four weekly doses. Patients who have stable or responsive disease will then receive single infusions of ofatumumab or rituximab every two months for four additional doses for a total of eight doses over nine months. The primary endpoint of the study is progression free survival.

About ofatumumab

Ofatumumab is a novel human monoclonal antibody. It targets a part of the CD20 molecule on B-cells encompassing an epitope on the small and large loops. Ofatumumab is not approved in any country for indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL).

About Genmab A/S

Genmab is a leading international biotechnology company focused on developing fully human antibody therapeutics for the potential treatment of cancer. Genmab's world class discovery and development teams are using cutting-edge technology to create and develop products to address unmet medical needs. Our primary goal is to improve the lives of patients who are in urgent need of new treatment options. For more information on Genmab's products and technology, visit www.genmab.com.

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