Xencor initiates Phase 1b/2a trial of XmAb5871 Xencor announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of XmAb5871 in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. XmAb5871 is the first in a new class of therapeutic antibodies targeting the CD32b pathway in B cells, which shows potential to suppress autoimmune disorders without the side effects caused by B cell depletion. The trial initiation triggered a milestone payment of an undisclosed amount to Xencor from Amgen. XmAb5871 is a humanized and Fc engineered monoclonal antibody that uses a uniquely selective dual-targeting mechanism for B cell inhibition by co-engaging CD19 and CD32b. Amgen and Xencor entered into an option and co-development agreement for XmAb5871 in January 2011. Amgen has the option to an exclusive worldwide license following the completion of a pre-defined Phase 2 study. Xencor will lead all clinical development until that time and is eligible for early development milestone payments.
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