Human Genome Sciences plans to release late-stage clinical data on Benlysta, its experimental drug for lupus, on Monday, reports Dow Jones Newswires. The story adds that lupus is "a notoriously hard-to-treat autoimmune disease that hasn't seen a new therapy in decades." Human Genome Sciences partnered with GlaxoSmithKline and worked closely with FDA to design its phase III trial after the phase II trial failed.

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