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June 16, 2014
18:19 EDTLLYEli Lilly reports results from Phase 3 trials of Dulaglutide
Eli Lilly and Company released detailed results from two AWARD trials that showed treatment with once-weekly dulaglutide 1.5 mg resulted in superior reductions in HbA1c from baseline compared to insulin glargine, with a lower risk for hypoglycemia. Dulaglutide is an investigational glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist being studied for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Results were presented at the 74th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco. "Many patients with type 2 diabetes reach a point when oral medicines alone may no longer be effective enough. In these cases, many healthcare professionals choose to intensify treatment with an injectable medicine," said Francesco Giorgino, MD, professor of endocrinology and metabolism, University of Bari, Italy. "Data from these two studies comparing once-weekly dulaglutide with insulin glargine, in combination with other diabetes treatments, provide important information about a GLP-1 receptor agonist that, if approved, may be appropriate for patients with type 2 diabetes." Results from the AWARD-2 trial, which evaluated the safety and efficacy of two doses of once-weekly dulaglutide compared to insulin glargine as add on to combination therapy with sulfonylurea and metformin, showed that once-weekly dulaglutide 1.5 mg provided superior blood sugar control at 52 and 78 weeks. Significantly more dulaglutide 1.5 mg-treated patients reached target HbA1c levels of less than 7 percent. Further, once-weekly dulaglutide 0.75 mg was non-inferior to insulin glargine in reducing HbA1c levels. Both doses of dulaglutide were associated with sustained weight loss, while insulin glargine showed weight gain. Results from the AWARD-4 trial the first Phase III study to evaluate a GLP-1 receptor agonist in combination with a mealtime insulin showed that once-weekly dulaglutide 1.5 mg and 0.75 mg combined with mealtime insulin lispro provided superior blood sugar control at 26 and 52 weeks compared to the traditional basal/bolus combination of insulin glargine and mealtime insulin lispro. Further, at the 26-week primary endpoint, significantly more dulaglutide-treated patients reached target HbA1c levels of less than 7%, and patients treated with the dulaglutide-mealtime insulin lispro combination had 30% less total insulin dose. Both doses of dulaglutide, in combination with mealtime insulin lispro, were associated with relative weight benefit compared to the basal/bolus therapy of insulin glargine and mealtime insulin lispro. Hypoglycemia rates were lower in dulaglutide 1.5 mg-treated patients compared to insulin glargine in both studies. In AWARD-2, the 0.75 mg dose also had a lower rate of hypoglycemia compared to insulin glargine. Adverse events were similar for dulaglutide-treated patients in both studies. The most frequently reported events were gastrointestinal-related, including nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Nausea, which was mostly mild to moderate, was the most commonly reported event. These findings are consistent with prior studies of once-weekly dulaglutide.
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September 16, 2014
12:35 EDTLLYDenovo Biopharma acquires late-stage oncology drug enzastaurin from Eli Lilly
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07:31 EDTLLYEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:02 EDTLLYEli Lilly and AstraZeneca to co-develop and commercialize AZD3293
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06:27 EDTLLYAstraZeneca, Eli Lilly to jointly develop, commercialize AZD3293
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. AZD3293 has been shown in Phase I studies to significantly and dose-dependently reduce levels of amyloid beta in the cerebro-spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers. AstraZeneca announced earlier in 2014 its plan to move AZD3293 into registration trials. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500M in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50M in the 1H15. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293, as well as net global revenues post-launch. AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience, while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293. The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions. It will have no impact on AstraZeneca's 2014 Core Earnings per Share.
September 15, 2014
07:26 EDTLLYPiper Jaffray to hold a conference
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September 12, 2014
08:02 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces Cyramza Phase III cancer trial meets primary endpoint
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08:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces Cyramza Phase III cancer trial meets primary endpoint
Eli Lilly announced that the RAISE trial, a Phase III study of ramucirumab in combination with chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, met its primary endpoint of overall survival. The global, randomized, double-blind study compared ramucirumab plus FOLFIRI to placebo plus FOLFIRI as a second-line treatment in patients with mCRC after treatment with bevacizumab, oxaliplatin and a fluoropyrimidine in the first-line setting. RAISE showed a statistically significant improvement in overall survival in patients treated with ramucirumab plus FOLFIRI compared to placebo plus FOLFIRI. The study also showed a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival in the ramucirumab-plus-FOLFIRI arm compared to the placebo-plus-FOLFIRI arm.
September 10, 2014
07:04 EDTLLYEU grants marketing authorization for Eli Lilly's insulin glargine product
The European Commission granted marketing authorization for Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's insulin glargine product, indicated to treat diabetes in adults, adolescents and children aged 2 years and above. Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim's insulin glargine product is the first insulin treatment approved through the European Medicines Agency's biosimilar pathway and the fourth diabetes product approved in the EU from the Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim alliance. It received a positive recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use on June 26. The marketing authorisation for the alliance's insulin glargine product is based upon a comprehensive clinical data program. The application included results from pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, as well as Phase III studies in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
September 8, 2014
07:15 EDTLLYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:01 EDTLLYIgnyta names Robert Wild as Chief Scientific Officer
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September 4, 2014
08:11 EDTLLYEli Lilly's insulin peglispro for diabetes shows positive Phase III results
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