motherapy for the treatment of relapsed or refractory diffuse large b-cell lymphoma

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK) and Genmab A/S (OMX: GEN) announced today that the Phase III study (ORCHARRD) of ofatumumab (Arzerra™) plus chemotherapy versus rituximab plus chemotherapy to treat relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) did not meet its primary endpoint as there was no statistically significant difference in progression free survival (PFS) between the treatment arms.

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GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK) and Genmab A/S (OMX: GEN) announced today that the Phase III study (ORCHARRD) of ofatumumab (Arzerra™) plus chemotherapy versus rituximab plus chemotherapy to treat relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) did not meet its primary endpoint as there was no statistically significant difference in progression free survival (PFS) between the treatment arms.

There were no differences in adverse events (AEs) leading to treatment discontinuation, Grade >3 AEs, severe adverse events (SAEs), or fatal SAEs between the treatment arms. However, there were more dose interruptions and delays due to infusion reactions and increased serum creatinine in the ofatumumab plus chemotherapy arm, which require further analysis.

“We are disappointed that the ORCHARRD study did not meet its primary endpoint. We will further analyze these results to better understand the findings and how they add to our collective knowledge of this disease,” said Dr. Rafael Amado, Head of Oncology R&D, GlaxoSmithKline.

“We plan to submit detailed data from the ofatumumab ORCHARRD study in DLBCL for presentation at a medical conference later this year, which we hope will provide further clarity on today’s headline results. Based on today’s results we are unlikely to move forward with a regulatory filing,” said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab.

About the ORCHARRD study

This pivotal Phase III randomized study included 447 patients who were refractory to, or had relapsed following, first-line treatment with rituximab in combination with a chemotherapy regimen containing   anthracycline or anthracenedione, and were eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT). Patients in the study were randomized 1:1 to receive three cycles of either ofatumumab or rituximab in combination with DHAP (dexamethasone, cytarabine and cisplatin) salvage chemotherapy. After the third treatment cycle, patients who obtained a complete or partial response received high dose chemotherapy followed by ASCT. The primary endpoint of the study was progression free survival.

The ORCHARRD study was conducted in collaboration with the following research groups:

  • HOVON-Dutch-Belgian Cooperative Trial Group for Hematology-Oncology
  • Grupo Español de Linfomas/Trasplante Autólogo de Médula Ósea (GELTAMO)
  • National Cancer Research Institute Lymphoma Clinical Studies Group
  • Nordic Lymphoma Group
  • Polish Lymphoma Research Group
  • The All Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group


DLBCL is the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and is an aggressive (fast-growing) lymphoma or cancer of the B-cells.[i] DLBCL is the most common lymphoid malignancy in adults, accounting for 30% of all NHL in the Western world.[ii] Approximately 38,000 new cases of DLBCL occur annually in the US, Japan and five major European markets.[iii]

About Ofatumumab (Arzerra)

Ofatumumab—a human monoclonal antibody which targets an epitope on the CD20 molecule encompassing parts of the small and large extracellular loops—is not approved or licensed anywhere in the world for the treatment of DLBCL.

For the approved indications and full U.S. Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning, visit For the approved indications and European Union (EU) Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) visit

Ofatumumab is being developed under a co-development and collaboration agreement between Genmab and GSK. Arzerra is a trademark of the GSK group of companies.

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About Genmab A/S
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated human antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.  Founded in 1999, the company currently has one marketed antibody, Arzerra™ (ofatumumab) for the treatment of certain chronic lymphocytic leukemia indications, a clinical pipeline with both late and early stage programs, and an innovative pre-clinical pipeline.  Genmab's technology base consists of validated and proprietary next generation antibody technologies - the DuoBody® platform for generation of bispecific antibodies, and the HexaBody™ platform which creates effector function enhanced antibodies. Genmab's deep antibody expertise is expected to provide a stream of future product candidates.  Partnering of selected innovative product candidates and technologies is a key focus of Genmab’s strategy and the company has alliances with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  For more information visit

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[i] Lymphoma Research Foundation. Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). Available at: Copyrighted 2012. Accessed April 30, 2014.

[ii] Swerdlow SH, Campo E, Harris NL, et al. WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues (4th ed). Lyon, France: IARC Press, 2008.

[iii] Datamonitor. Pipeline Insight: Lymphomas, Multiple Myeloma & Myelodyplastic Syndromes. March 2010

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