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Alexion's Soliris(R) Receives 2008 Prix Galien USA Award for Best Biotechnology Product
Date:9/25/2008

tient with PNH who can benefit from Soliris will have access to Soliris. We are building on the success of Soliris by increasing our understanding of PNH and by evaluating the promise of complement inhibition for the treatment of other rare and life-threatening kidney, blood, transplant and neurologic disorders."

About the Prix Galien USA Awards

The Prix Galien Award (http://www.prix-galien-usa.com) recognizes the technical, scientific and clinical research skills necessary to develop innovative medicines, and is considered the industry's highest accolade for pharmaceutical research and development -- equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Prix Galien was first established in 1970 by French pharmacist Roland Mehl and was inaugurated in the United States in September 2007. The Prix Galien USA awards committee of 11 individuals includes seven Nobel Laureates, founders of major biotechnology companies and editors of world-renowned biology journals. The candidates for this year's awards were selected from drugs approved during the past five years.

About PNH

PNH is a rare blood disease that affects an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people in North America and Europe and, using similar prevalence estimates, potentially 1,000 to 2,000 patients in Japan. (1) PNH often strikes people in the prime of their lives, with an average age of onset in the early 30's. (2) Approximately ten percent of all patients first develop symptoms at 21 years of age or younger. (3) PNH develops without warning and can occur in men and women of all races, backgrounds and ages. PNH often goes unrecognized, with delays in diagnosis often ranging from one to more than 10 years. (4) The estimated median survival for PNH patients is between 10 and 15 years from the time of diagnosis. (2,4)

PNH has been identified more commonly among patients with disorders of the bone marrow, including aplastic anemia (AA) and myel
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