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Arzerra Disappoints In NHL, Putting Genmab On Shaky Ground

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Genmab and partner GlaxoSmithKline reported August 17 disappointing top-line results from a Phase II study of their anti-CD 20 antibody Arzerra in rituximab-refractory follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, calling into question the biotech's future as an independent entity

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