CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Genzyme, a Sanofi company (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today that new data from its Aubagio® (teriflunomide) and Lemtrada™ (alemtuzumab) clinical development programs will be presented during the 29th Congress of the European Committee for Research and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and the 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS) to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2-5.
“The recent European Commission approvals of Aubagio and Lemtrada make this year’s ECTRIMS particularly significant for Genzyme’s MS Franchise,” said Genzyme CEO and President David Meeker. “As we prepare to launch both products, we look forward to presenting these new data, which highlight the unique potential of our products to treat a broad spectrum of relapsing remitting MS patients and reflect our strong commitment to the MS community.”
Presentations at ECTRIMS/RIMS featuring Aubagio and Lemtrada are as follows.
Oral Platform Presentation
Abstracts are available on the ECTRIMS/RIMS website.
“The Challenges of Disease Management in MS: Navigating the Changing Landscape”
When: Friday, October 4; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CEST
Location: Hall A, Bella Center
About Aubagio® (teriflunomide)
Aubagio is an immunomodulator with anti-inflammatory properties. Although the exact mechanism of action for Aubagio is not fully understood, it may involve a reduction in the number of activated lymphocytes in the central nervous system (CNS). Aubagio is supported by one of the largest clinical programs of any MS therapy, with more than 5,000 trial participants in 36 countries. Some patients in extension trials have been treated for up to 10 years.
About Lemtrada™ (alemtuzumab)
Alemtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that selectively targets CD52, a protein abundant on T and B cells. Treatment with alemtuzumab results in the depletion of circulating T and B cells thought to be responsible for the damaging inflammatory process in MS. Alemtuzumab has minimal impact on other immune cells. The acute anti-inflammatory effect of alemtuzumab is immediately followed by the onset of a distinctive pattern of T and B cell repopulation that continues over time, rebalancing the immune system in a way that potentially reduces MS disease activity.
Genzyme holds the worldwide rights to alemtuzumab and has primary responsibility for its development and commercialization in multiple sclerosis. Bayer HealthCare holds the right to co-promote alemtuzumab in MS in the United States. Upon commercialization, Bayer will receive contingent payments based on global sales revenue.
About Genzyme, a Sanofi Company
Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for patients affected by rare and debilitating diseases for over 30 years. We accomplish our goals through world-class research and with the compassion and commitment of our employees. With a focus on rare diseases and multiple sclerosis, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the patients and families we serve. That goal guides and inspires us every day. Genzyme’s portfolio of transformative therapies, which are marketed in countries around the world, represents groundbreaking and life-saving advances in medicine. As a Sanofi company, Genzyme benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients. Learn more at www.genzyme.com.
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