By Turna Ray

Roche subsidiary Genentech is planning a Phase III study to confirm early-stage findings suggesting that its investigational drug lebrikizumab will be efficacious for a molecularly defined subpopulation of asthma patients whose symptoms aren't managed properly with standard treatments.

"Lebrikizumab is a potential new therapeutic for asthma that is inadequately controlled despite inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta 2 agonists," a company spokesperson told PGx Reporter this week.

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