SAN DIEGO, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) reported today that Genmab A/S announced plans for a Phase 1 clinical trial of a subcutaneous formulation of the anti-CD38 antibody daratumumab using the ENHANZE™ technology. In December 2014, Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) entered into an agreement with Halozyme Therapeutics for the purpose of developing and commercializing products combining proprietary Janssen compounds with Halozyme's ENHANZE technology. This agreement has the potential to lead to the development of a subcutaneous formulation of daratumumab. Daratumumab is being developed under a collaboration between Janssen and Genmab A/S since August 2012 when Genmab granted Janssen an exclusive worldwide license to develop, manufacture, and commercialize daratumumab.
Daratumumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets CD38 on the surface of multiple myeloma cells, is in clinical development as a single agent and in combination with standard of care therapies in several settings of multiple myeloma. Daratumumab may also have potential in other hematologic malignancies in which CD38 is expressed, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma and various leukemias.
ENHANZE™ is Halozyme's proprietary drug delivery platform based on the Company's patented recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (rHuPH20). rHuPH20 has been shown to remove traditional limitations on the volume of biologics that can be delivered subcutaneously (just under the skin). By using rHuPH20, some biologics and compounds that are administered intravenously may instead be delivered subcutaneously. This delivery has been shown in studies to reduce health care practitioner time required for administration and shorten time for drug administration. ENHANZE may also benefit subcutaneous biologics by reducing the need for multiple injections.
Halozyme Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel oncology therapies that target the tumor microenvironment. Halozyme's lead proprietary program, our investigational drug PEGPH20, applies a unique approach to targeting solid tumors, allowing increased access of co-administered cancer drug therapies to the tumor. PEGPH20 is currently in development for metastatic pancreatic cancer and non-small cell lung cancer and has potential across additional cancers in combination with different types of cancer therapies. In addition to its proprietary product portfolio, Halozyme has established value-driving partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies including Roche, Pfizer, Janssen and Baxter for its drug delivery platform, ENHANZE™, which enables biologics and small molecule compounds that are currently administered intravenously to be delivered subcutaneously. Halozyme is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information on how we are innovating, please visit our corporate website at www.halozyme.com.
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