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Genmab to submit biologics license application to the FDA

Jan van de Winkel

Genmab has announced its intent to submit a biologics license application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for subcutaneous epcoritamab (DuoBody-CD3xCD20), an investigational bispecific antibody, for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL), in the second half of 2022.

The BLA submission is supported by results from the large b-cell lymphoma (LBCL) cohort of the pivotal EPCORE NHL-1 open-label, multi-center trial evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy of epcoritamab in patients with relapsed, progressive or refractory CD20+ mature B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL).

In April 2022, Genmab and AbbVie announced the topline results from EPCORE NHL-1 trial. In June 2022, primary results were presented.

“Relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma is often difficult to treat, and patients are in need of novel therapies that are effective, tolerable and accessible,” says Jan van de Winkel, Chief Executive Officer of Genmab. “The results from the EPCORE NHL-1 trial, and other clinical trials evaluating epcoritamab in a variety of patients and treatment settings, have demonstrated that epcoritamab has the potential to offer people living with LBCL a new therapeutic advance with a manageable safety profile.”


Epcoritamab is being co-developed by Genmab and AbbVie as part of the companies’ oncology collaboration. The companies are committed to evaluating epcoritamab as a monotherapy, and in combination, across lines of therapy in a range of hematologic malignancies, including an ongoing phase 3, open-label, randomized trial evaluating epcoritamab as a monotherapy in patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL (NCT: 04628494).

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