THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 11 -- Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced its decision not to commence a registration study in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and plans to seek another party for the development and commercialization of its rights to epratuzumab. These plans follow a review of the current facts and circumstances regarding the product candidate, Amgen's assessment of its portfolio and other available opportunities. Epratuzumab is currently being developed by Amgen in North America and by Immunomedics, Inc. in Europe for the treatment of indolent and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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