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2011 Prix Galien USA Final Candidates Announced: Competing for Best Biotechnology Product and Best Pharmaceutical Agent
Date:7/21/2011

NEW YORK, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Honoring biomedical advances impacting both individual lives and public health in the past decade, the Prix Galien USA committee today announced the 2011 final candidates for the 5th annual Prix Galien Awards competition. The Prix Galien Award recognizes the technical, scientific and clinical research skills necessary to develop innovative medicines and devices, and is considered the industry's highest accolade.

Final candidates for the Prix Galien USA 2011 Awards are: Amgen (Prolia®)Janssen Biotech Inc. (Stelara™) Boehringer Ingelheim (Pradaxa®)Merck (Emend®)Cubist (Cubicin®) Merck (Zetia®)Dendreon (Provenge®)Novartis (Gilenya®) Eisai (Banzel®)Pfizer (Prevnar 13®)GlaxoSmithKline (Arzerra™)"Pharmaceutical research and development advances the human condition through the development of novel therapies and cures," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Prix Galien USA committee chair, New York University professor emeritus and editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. "This year's candidates demonstrate the positive impact biomedical discovery and innovation can have on improving lives of individuals."

As in past years, the committee will judge candidates as Best Pharmaceutical Agent and Best Biotechnology Product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the past 10 years.

"Prix Galien salutes the major contributions of the scientists and researchers who devote their lives to the development of treatments in the continuous quest to improve the health of the world's population," said Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Prix Galien USA committee member.

2011 candidates range from a vaccine to protect babies from seven strains of pneumococcal bacteria to the first oral drug therapy for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.  In 2010, the Prix Galien USA committee honored life sciences companies for in
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