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Study Shows Otamixaban Substantially Reduced Complications of Invasive Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes
Date:8/30/2009

PARIS, August 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- SEPIA-ACS Multiple-dose Phase II Results Showing 27- 42% Risk Reduction in ACS Complications Presented in Plenary Session of European Society of Cardiology Congress and Published in The Lancet

Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today that the investigational anti-Xa intravenous anticoagulant otamixaban reduced by 27 to 42 percent the odds of the composite primary endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, urgent revascularization or rescue GPIIb/IIIa use in 4 out of the 5 otamixaban tested doses, versus standard UFH/eptifibatide combination in [non-ST] ACS patients suitable for invasive strategy. The results of the SEPIA-ACS1/ TIMI-42 were presented today at the plenary session of the Annual European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona and simultaneously published online in The Lancet.

Otamixaban is a first in class, rapid onset antithrombotic compound, acting as a direct selective inhibitor of factor Xa. Otamixaban is originating from Sanofi-aventis world-class thrombosis research portfolio and is currently in phase IIb clinical development phase.

"The data show that intermediate dosages of otamixaban may offer substantial reduction in major coronary complications in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome, with bleeding rate comparable to current therapy," said Dr Marc Sabatine, MD, MPH, an Investigator in the TIMI Study Group and a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. "This research is addressing an important medical need, by potentially significantly improving outcomes of ACS patients undergoing PCI while simplifying the treatment pattern of the acute management phase of the disease." he added.

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