"We feel that Genzyme is the perfect partner for Isis and for mipomersen," said Stanley Crooke, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Isis. "We have been very pleased with the quality and depth of interest in this flagship drug in our cardiovascular pipeline, and as we evaluated the licensing terms from various parties, we felt that Genzyme would value mipomersen appropriately as a pipeline-transforming product. This commitment to mipomersen, along with Genzyme's strength in drug development and marketing, made this relationship strategically compelling."
Mipomersen, formerly ISIS 301012, is a lipid-lowering drug targeting apolipoprotein B-100. Currently in phase 3 development, mipomersen has been shown in phase 2 trials to reduce cholesterol and other atherogenic lipids more than 40 percent beyond reductions achieved with current standard lipid-lowering drugs, enabling more patients to achieve lipid targets. These trials have shown that the treatment is well-tolerated, has a strong safety profile, and works equally well in the presence and absence of other lipid-lowering therapies including statins. A weekly injectable therapeutic, mipomersen is being developed primarily for patients at significant cardiovascular risk who are unable to achieve target cholesterol levels with statins alone or who are intolerant of statins. The drug has strong, broad patent protection.
Mipomersen's initial indication will be for patients with familial
hypercholesterolemia (FH), with an anticipated filing in 2009. There are
approximately 1.5 million people in the United States and Europe with FH,
|SOURCE Genzyme Corp.; Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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