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August 7, 2014
09:03 EDTBAXBaxter opens biologics facility in Singapore
Baxter International announced the formal opening of its first advanced recombinant biologic facility in Singapore, and expansion plans for a new recombinant protein processing suite. The current suite supports the processing of ADVATE.The second suite will initially process RIXUBIS, a recombinant factor IX protein for the treatment of adults with hemophilia B and, when operational, will be the primary global commercial processing facility. It will also support production of the company’s investigational extended half-life recombinant FVIII treatment BAX 855 upon regulatory approval. The Singapore facility received regulatory approval from the European Medicines Agency in January 2014 for the production of ADVATE2. This allows the facility to process and supply ADVATE to the European Union, Iceland and Norway. The biologics facility in Singapore currently employs more than 400 production staff and expects to reach 450 by 2015 to support the second processing suite.
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January 20, 2015
09:02 EDTBAXBaxter receives FDA approval for PHOXILLUM solution
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08:16 EDTBAXMerrimack data of Phase 3 MM-398 NAPOLI-1 study supports development programs
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK) announced that additional analyses were presented on January 16, 2015 from the Phase 3 NAPOLI-1 study of MM-398, also known as nal-IRI, in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. Merrimack and Baxter International's (BAX) biopharmaceutical business are collaborating on the development and commercialization of MM-398 outside of the United States and Taiwan. PharmaEngine holds the rights to commercialize MM-398 in Taiwan. Additionally, Merrimack presented preclinical and clinical data from studies of its investigational agents MM-141 and MM-151 in pancreatic and colorectal cancer, respectively. An investigator-sponsored study of MM-398 in colorectal cancer was also presented. The extended analyses for the global NAPOLI-1 Phase 3 trial presented at ASCO GI support the robustness of the overall survival benefit of MM-398 in combination with 5-fluorouracil, or 5-FU, and leucovorin presented in June 2014, at the European Society for Medical Oncology World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, or ESMO GI. The primary analysis, presented at ESMO GI, demonstrated a statistically significant advantage in overall survival with an unstratified hazard ratio of 0.67, and a median of 6.1 months for the combination of MM-398 plus 5-FU and leucovorin compared to 4.2 months in the control arm.

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