Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec, Inc.
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQBIIB
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 500 Component
IndustryBiotechnology
HeadquartersCambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key peopleStelios Papadopoulos, Chairman, George A. Scangos, CEO
ProductsAlprolix, Avonex, Eloctate, Fampyra, Gazyva*, Plegridy, Rituxan*, Tecfidera, Tysabri
Revenue$9.6B in 2014
EmployeesApproximately 7,500 (as of September 2014)
Websitewww.biogenidec.com
 
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Biogen Idec, Inc.
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQBIIB
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 500 Component
IndustryBiotechnology
HeadquartersCambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key peopleStelios Papadopoulos, Chairman, George A. Scangos, CEO
ProductsAlprolix, Avonex, Eloctate, Fampyra, Gazyva*, Plegridy, Rituxan*, Tecfidera, Tysabri
Revenue$9.6B in 2014
EmployeesApproximately 7,500 (as of September 2014)
Websitewww.biogenidec.com

Biogen Idec, Inc. is a global biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in discovering, developing, and delivering therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative, hematologic and autoimmune diseases to patients worldwide.

History[edit]

Biogen was founded in 1978 in Geneva[1] by several prominent biologists, including Sir Kenneth Murray of the University of Edinburgh, Phillip Sharp of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walter Gilbert of Harvard (who served as CEO during the start-up phase) and Charles Weissmann, University of Zurich (who contributed the first product interferon-alpha). Walter Gilbert and Phillip Sharp were both subsequently honored with a Nobel Prize: Gilbert was recognized in 1980 with Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in understanding the sequencing of DNA, while Sharp received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993 for his discovery of split genes.

In 2003, Biogen merged with San Diego, California-based IDEC Pharmaceuticals (formed in 1986 by biotech pioneers Ivor Royston and Howard Birndorf).[2]

Biogen Idec stock is a component of several stock indices such as the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P 1500, and NASDAQ-100 and the company is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol, BIIB.[3]

Leadership/Management[edit]

Biogen Idec is managed by an executive group composed of ten officers:[4]

As is customary for a publicly traded company, Biogen Idec is also overseen by a board of directors. The Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer both hold positions on the board of directors. The directors are Stelios Papadopoulos (chairman), George A. Scangos Ph.D. (CEO), Alexander J. Denner, Ph.D., Caroline Dorsa, Nancy L. Leaming, Richard C. Mulligan, Robert W. Pangia, Brian S. Posner, Eric K. Rowinsky, M.D., The Honorable Lynn Schenk, and Stephen A. Sherwin, M.D.[5]

Products[edit]

TherapyIndication (In United States unless otherwise noted)Year Approved (US)Year Approved (EU)Additional Information
ALPROLIX™ [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein]Control and prevention of bleeding episodes, perioperative management and routine prophylaxis in adults and children with hemophilia B2014Also approved in Canada and Australia.

Biogen Idec and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) are collaborators in the development and commercialization of ALPROLIX. [6]

AVONEX® (interferon beta-1a)Relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis19961997Includes the AVONEX PEN auto-injector and the AVOSTARTGRIP titration kit approved in the U.S. in 2012.[7]
ELOCTATE™ [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein]Control and prevention of bleeding episodes, perioperative (surgical) management and routine prophylaxis in adults and children with hemophilia A2014Biogen Idec and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) are collaborators in the development and commercialization of ELOCTATE.[8]
FAMPYRA® (prolonged-release fampridine tablets)Multiple sclerosis (Walking ability)20102011Marketed by Biogen Idec in markets outside of the United Sates.

Commercialized in the United States as AMPYRA (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, by Acorda Therapeutics.[9]

FUMADERM™ (fumaric acid esters)Psoriasis1994 (Germany only)Approved in Germany.

Acquired in acquisition of Fumapharm AG in 2006.[10]

GAZYVA® (obinutuzumab)Chronic lymphocytic leukemia2013The first medicine approved with the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation and is also currently in Phase 3 trials for NHL and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Currently commercialized in the United States by Genentech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roche.[11]

PLEGRIDY™ (peginterferon beta-1a)Relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis2014[12]2014[13]
RITUXAN® (rituximab)Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)

Anti-TNF Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis

ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

1997[14]

2006[15]

2011[16]

1998 (as MabThera)The first monoclonal antibody for cancer developed by IDEC, prior to merging with Biogen.

Currently commercialized by Roche and its subsidiary, Genentech.

TECFIDERA® (dimethyl fumarate)Relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis2013[17]2014[18]
TYSABRI® (natalizumab)Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis2004 Re-introduced in 20062006Full rights purchased from partner Elan in 2013.[19]

Pipeline[edit]

Biogen Idec has focused its R&D efforts on the discovery and development of treatments for patients with high unmet medical needs in the areas of neurology, hematology and immunology.

Investigational MS medicines:

Biogen Idec has several candidates in Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in neurodegenerative and immunological diseases including MS, Alzheimer’s disease, neuropathic pain, spinal muscular atrophy and lupus nephritis:

Biogen Idec also has several development agreements in place with Isis Pharmaceuticals to collaborate to leverage antisense technology in advancing the treatment of neurological disorders.[22]

In February 2012, Biogen Idec formalized a joint venture with Samsung, creating Samsung Bioepis. This joint venture brings Biogen Idec’s expertise and capabilities in protein engineering, cell line development, and recombinant biologics manufacturing to position the joint venture so Biogen Idec can participate in the emerging market for biosimilars.[23]

In early 2014, Biogen Idec entered into an agreement with Eisai, Inc., to jointly develop and commercialize two of their candidates for Alzheimer’s disease, which have the potential to reduce Aβ plaques that form in the brains of patients, as well as to slow the formation of new plaques, potentially improving symptoms and suppressing disease progression.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biotech's Comeback Kid". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Idec to Merge With Biogen in $6.8 Billion Deal". New York Times. Retrieved 2003-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Biogen Idec Inc. Stock Quote & Summary Data". NASDAQ. 
  4. ^ "Biogen Idec Inc (BIIB) Top Compensated Officers". Business Week. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Biogen Idec (BIIB) Chairman Young to Retire". StreetInsider.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Does Biogen Idec Inc Have a New Blockbuster Hemophilia Therapy?". The Motley Fool. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Avonex". National MS Society. 
  8. ^ "Biogen Idec’s Eloctate gains FDA approval". The Pharma Letter. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Fampridine (Fampyra)". MS Trust. 
  10. ^ "Biogen Idec enters deal to acquire Fumapharm". First Word Pharma. Retrieved 2006-05-31. 
  11. ^ "FDA approves Gazyva for chronic lymphocytic leukemia". FDA.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  12. ^ "Biogen Idec’s PLEGRIDY™(Peginterferon Beta-1a) Approved in the US for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis". Reuters. 
  13. ^ "Biogen Idec’s Plegridy approved in Europe for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis". The Pharma Letter. 
  14. ^ "FDA Approval for Rituximab". National Cancer Institute. 
  15. ^ "UPDATE 1-Roche, Biogen end dispute over Rituxan follow-ons". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  16. ^ "FDA approves Rituxan to treat two rare disorders". FDA.gov. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  17. ^ "Cell Therapeutics buys Zevalin from Biogen Idec for $10M, with up to $20M extra plus milestones". The Pharma Letter. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  18. ^ "Tecifedra". National MS Society. 
  19. ^ "Tysabri". National MS Society. 
  20. ^ "Once-monthly MS drug from Biogen Idec, AbbVie clears Phase III hurdle". Fierce Biotech. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  21. ^ "Lingo: a promising remyelination target in MS". Multiple Sclerosis Research. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  22. ^ "Isis Pharmaceuticals and Biogen Idec". Fierce Biotech. 
  23. ^ "Biogen Sees Eloctate FDA Delay Pushing Marketing to Mid-2014". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  24. ^ "Isis Pharmaceuticals and Biogen Idec". Fierce Biotech. 

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