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Benlysta Lupus Drug From Glaxo And HGS Gets European Approval

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK, GSK.LN) and U.S.-based partner Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGSI) Thursday said their lupus drug Benlysta has won European marketing approval. Benlysta, the first new lupus treatment in 50 years, won U.S. approval in March and will be co-marketed by Human Genome Sciences Inc. of Rockville, Md. and Glaxo, Britain's biggest drug maker. Its approval in Europe was expected after experts at the region's regulator backed the medicine in May. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder, with symptoms ranging widely in type and severity. An estimated 5 million people worldwide have the disease. "The European approval of Benlysta represents a significant milestone and we are very pleased to be able to provide physicians an additional therapeutic option for treating appropriate patients with this chronic disease," Tony Hoos, senior vice president of European medical affairs at Glaxo, said in a statement. Benlysta, also known as belimumab, is a milestone in the effort to mine data from the human genome to discover and develop new medicines. Analysts expect billions of dollars in sales for the drug. "We and GSK are committed to making Benlysta available in countries worldwide," Thomas Watkins, president and chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences said, adding: "We are particularly honored to be bringing this medicine forward in Europe, where a number of key academic research institutions were very important to its clinical development." -By Sten Stovall, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 207 842 9292; sten.stovall@dowjones.com

Stock News for Human Genome Sciences (HGSI)
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06/29/201209:24:03Glaxo Keeps Pressure On Human Genome By Extending Offer To July...
06/29/201207:35:49GlaxoSmithKline Sets July 20 For Expiration Of Tender Offer To...
06/15/201210:42:11GSK Gets Renewed Invitation to Human Genome Sciences Strategic...
06/08/201209:10:55GlaxoSmithKline Extends HGS Offer To June 29
06/07/201211:43:24Glaxo Seen Likely to Extend Hostile Tender Offer for Human Genome
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05/23/201209:12:46Glaxo Amends Offer To Address HGS Shareholder Rights Plan
05/17/201217:45:35ADR Report: Shares Lower As Euro-Zone Worries Loom
05/17/201213:54:16GlaxoSmithKline Offer To Acquire HGS Represents Full, Fair Value
05/17/201207:55:44Human Genome Adopts Poison Pill With 15% Trigger To Deter Glaxo
05/09/201209:33:24WSJ BLOG/Health: A.M. Vitals: GSK's Hostile Human Genome Bid;...
05/09/201205:02:12Glaxo Goes Direct To HGS Shareholders With Hostile Offer
05/09/201202:48:24GlaxoSmithKline To Launch $13/Share Tender Offer For To Buy HGS

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