Rare disease therapy honored with seven Prix Galien awards, including six independent country recognitions, for innovation in treating spinal muscular atrophy
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) has been awarded the 2018 International Prix Galien as Best Biotechnology Product for SPINRAZA (nusinersen), the first and only treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The prestigious honor marks the seventh Prix Galien for SPINRAZA, following country recognitions in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Belgium-Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the U.K. The international award was presented at a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal on November 28, 2018.
Zitat:“We are honored that the Galien Foundation continues to recognize the groundbreaking science and profound clinical impact of SPINRAZA with this international award,” said Michel Vounatsos, chief executive officer of Biogen. “The ability to bring the first and only therapy to people living with SMA is the result of a close collaboration with the SMA community, academia, researchers and our colleagues at Ionis, which has made a meaningful difference in this area of high unmet medical need.”
The International Prix Galien is given every two years by Prix Galien International Committee members in recognition of excellence in scientific innovation to improve human health. To qualify for International Prix Galien consideration, nominees must have won a Prix Galien in an individual member country.
SMA is a progressive, debilitating neuromuscular disease that impacts infants, children and adults. It affects approximately one in every 10,000 live births and results in muscle weakness which can take away a person’s ability to walk, eat and ultimately breathe.1 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SPINRAZA on December 23, 2016, under priority review for the treatment of SMA in pediatric and adult patients. In June 2017 SPINRAZA was granted marketing authorization in the European Union to treat individuals with 5q SMA, the most common form of the disease representing approximately 95 percent of all SMA cases.2[/b]