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Roche gifts blockbuster cancer drug to Galecto for new clinical partnership trial

Biotech company Galecto has partnered up with Roche, with the latter providing its cancer treatment Tecentriq free of charge for a mid-phase trial testing a combination of the blockbuster drug with one of three Galecto candidates. The deal is a significant cost saver for the Danish biotech company, which doesn't even have to surrender commercial rights for the potential combination treatment.

Hans Schambye, CEO at Galecto Biotech and chair at Danish Bio | Photo: Henriette Dan Bonde / PR

The Danish-Swedish firm Galecto Biotech, which is spearheded by President and CEO Hans Schambye, has entered into a partnership with one of the giants of the pharmaceutical industry.

Galector Biotech has made Roche a central player in the upcoming phase IIa trial, which is set to test the candidate GB1211 in combination with Roche's multi-blockbuster immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab) as a potential treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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