"Servier is very pleased to establish a collaboration with Amgen, a leading biotechnology company with a unique track record of bringing innovative medicines to patients. This is a clear recognition of the medical value of ivabradine, one of our major cardiovascular innovations, which could also benefit U.S. patients," said Jean-Philippe Seta, M.D., chief executive officer at Servier.
"Ivabradine is a first-in-class innovative drug for the treatment of heart failure and angina. The clinical benefit and safety profile are supported by the results of clinical studies performed or being performed in more than 40,000 patients. I strongly believe that Servier's expertise in heart failure will complement Amgen's efforts in making omecamtiv mecarbil, a very innovative and complementary approach to treating heart failure, available to patients in Europe," said Emmanuel Canet, M.D., Ph.D., head of Research and Development at Servier.
Ivabradine is an If inhibitor approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2005 for the symptomatic treatment of stable angina and in 2012 for chronic heart failure, as well as approved in more than 100 other countries, excluding the U.S. Omecamtiv mecarbil activates cardiac muscle contractility and operates to strengthen heart function in patients with systolic dysfunction. Omecamtiv mecarbil is in Phase 2 studies and is being developed under a collaboration between Cytokinetics and Amgen.
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