Amgen Showcases Cardiovascular Pipeline At ACC.15 With New Cholesterol-Lowering And Chronic Heart Failure Data

Data Evaluating the Effect of Repatha™(Evolocumab) on LDL-C and Cardiovascular Events to be Featured in Late-Breaking Session

Corlanor® (Ivabradine) Chronic Heart Failure Data to be Presented in an Oral Abstract Session

Mar 02, 2015, 16:30 ET from Amgen

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that it will present 15 abstracts, including data evaluating RepathaTM (evolocumab), an investigational cholesterol-lowering medication, and Corlanor® (ivabradine), an investigational drug for chronic heart failure, at the upcoming American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.15), being held March 14-16 in San Diego.

Repatha is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.1 Corlanor is an oral drug that acts on the body's cardiac pacemaker to slow the heart rate without negative effects on myocardial contractility or ventricular repolarization.2

"As we head into a milestone-filled year for our cardiovascular pipeline, we are eager to share safety analyses and data exploring the effect of Repatha on LDL cholesterol and cardiovascular events and new analyses on the efficacy of Corlanor in patients with chronic heart failure at ACC's Scientific Session this year," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "We are working with regulatory agencies to bring both of these cardiovascular therapies to patients, which we believe will provide new options for those with high cholesterol or chronic heart failure who continue to struggle with their conditions and are in need of additional therapies."

Among the abstracts is a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial presentation of LDL-C lowering and major adverse cardiovascular event data after one year of treatment from the OSLER-1 and -2 (Open Label Study of Long TERm Evaluation Against LDL-C) studies in the Repatha  program, and an oral presentation of long-term data from the OSLER-1 trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of Repatha after two years of treatment. Repatha data presentations also include a pooled safety analysis in over 6,000 patients from Phase 2 and 3 short- and long-term clinical trials.

The Phase 3 results from the YUKAWA-2 (StudY of LDL-Cholesterol Reduction Using a Monoclonal PCSKAntibody in Japanese Patients With Advanced Cardiovascular Risk) study evaluating Repatha in combination with statin therapy in Japanese patients with high cardiovascular risk and high cholesterol will also be presented.

Additionally, two analyses from the Phase 3 SHIFT (Systolic Heart failure treatment with the If Inhibitor Ivabradine Trial) study evaluating Corlanor will be presented. These data include an oral presentation on the efficacy profile of Corlanor in patients with chronic heart failure and angina, and a poster on whether the addition of Corlanor to optimized background therapy affects beta blocker usage.

Data to be presented at ACC.15 include:

Repatha

Late-Breaking and Oral Presentations

  • Effect of the PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab on Cardiovascular Outcomes (OSLER-1 and -2)
    Abstract 402-08, Late-Breaking Clinical Trials, Oral Presentation, Sunday, March 15, 8-8:10 a.m. PT (Hall H, Main Tent)
  • Two Year Analysis of the Safety and Tolerability of Evolocumab: The OSLER-1 Study
    Abstract 914-10, Oral Presentation, Monday, March 16, 11:45-11:57 a.m. PT (Room 6B)

Poster Presentations

  • LDL Cholesterol Reduction in Elderly Patients with the PCSK9 Monoclonal Antibody Evolocumab (AMG 145): A Pooled Analysis of 1779 Patients in Phase 2, 3 and Open Label Extension Studies
    Abstract 1107-101, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Effects of Evolocumab (AMG 145) Treatment on Vitamin E Levels: Results from the 52-Week Phase 3 Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled DESCARTES Study
    Abstract 1107-102, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Clinical Equivalence of Evolocumab 140 mg Every Two Weeks and 420 mg Monthly Dosing Regimens: A Pooled Analysis of 3146 Patients in Phase 3 Studies
    Abstract 1107-103, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Effects of Evolocumab (AMG 145) in Hypercholesterolemic, Statin-Treated, Japanese Patients at High Cardiovascular Risk: Results from the Phase III YUKAWA 2 Study
    Abstract 1107-104, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • A Comprehensive Safety Analysis of 6026 Patients from Phase 2 and 3 Short and Long Term Clinical Trials with Evolocumab (AMG 145)
    Abstract 1164M-07, Moderated Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 4:15-4:25 p.m. PT (Prevention Moderated Poster Theater, Poster Hall B1)

Corlanor

Oral Presentation

  • Efficacy Profile of Ivabradine in Patients with Heart Failure Plus Angina Pectoris
    Abstract 902-06, Oral Presentation, Sunday, March 15, 8:30-8:42 a.m. PT (Room 6C)

Poster Presentation

  • Beta Blocker Dosage and Use Over Time in the Systolic Heart Failure Treatment with the If Inhibitor Ivabradine Trial (SHIFT) Study
    Abstract 1146-202, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 3:45-4:30 p.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)

Observational Research

  • Effect of LDL-C on Risk of Recurrent Myocardial Infarction, Unstable Angina, and Ischemic Stroke in a High Risk, Secondary Prevention Patient Population
    Abstract 1104-080, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Unmet Patient Need in Statin Intolerance: The Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, and Management
    Abstract 1178-113, Poster Presentation, Sunday, March 15, 9:45-10:30 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Trends in Combination Lipid Lowering Therapy in the Medicare Population with Coronary Heart Disease
    Abstract 1211-118, Poster Presentation, Sunday, March 15, 3:45-4:30 p.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)

Health Economics

  • Use of β-Blockers in Medicare Beneficiaries with Systolic Heart Failure and Hypotension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or Peripheral Vascular Disease
    Abstract 1146-200, Poster Presentation, Saturday, March 14, 3:45-4:30 p.m. PT (Poster Hall B1) 
  • Current Heart Failure Management Patterns in Medicare Advantage Patients: A Contemporary United States Claims Database Analysis
    Abstract 1251-192, Poster Presentation, Monday, March 16, 9:45-10:30 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)
  • Heart Failure Management Patterns in a Large United States Commercial Claims Database
    Abstract 1251-193, Poster Presentation, Monday, March 16, 9:45-10:30 a.m. PT (Poster Hall B1)

Amgen will host a webcast investor call on Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m. PT. Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen, along with members of Amgen's clinical development team, will participate in the call to discuss Amgen's cardiovascular program, including Repatha and Corlanor data presented at ACC.15.

Live audio of the investor meeting will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet and will be available to members of the news media, investors and the general public.

The webcast, as with other selected presentations regarding developments in Amgen's business given by management at certain investor and medical conferences, can be found on Amgen's website, www.amgen.com, under Investors. Information regarding presentation times, webcast availability and webcast links are noted on Amgen's Investor Relations Events Calendar. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.

The FDA has provisionally approved the trade names Repatha and Corlanor.

About RepathaTM (evolocumab)
RepathaTM (evolocumab) is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9).1 PCSK9 is a protein that targets LDL receptors for degradation and thereby reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.3 Repatha, being developed by Amgen scientists, is designed to bind to PCSK9 and inhibit PCSK9 from binding to LDL receptors on the liver surface. In the absence of PCSK9, there are more LDL receptors on the surface of the liver to remove LDL-C from the blood.1

About PROFICIO: RepathaTM (evolocumab) Clinical Trial Program
PROFICIO, which stands for the Program to Reduce LDL-C and Cardiovascular Outcomes Following Inhibition of PCSK9 In Different POpulations, is a large and comprehensive clinical trial program evaluating RepathaTM (evolocumab) in 22 clinical trials, with a combined planned enrollment of approximately 35,000 patients.

The Phase 3 program includes 16 trials to evaluate Repatha administered every two weeks and monthly in multiple patient populations, including in combination with statins in patients with hyperlipidemia (LAPLACE-2 and YUKAWA-2); in patients with hyperlipidemia who cannot tolerate statins (GAUSS-2 and GAUSS-3); as a stand-alone treatment in patients with hyperlipidemia (MENDEL-2); in patients whose elevated cholesterol is caused by genetic disorders called heterozygous (RUTHERFORD-2 and TAUSSIG) and homozygous (TESLA and TAUSSIG) familial hypercholesterolemia; the effects of Repatha on lipoprotein metabolism (FLOREY); and the administration of Repatha in statin-treated hyperlipidemic patients (THOMAS-1 and THOMAS-2).

Five ongoing studies in the Repatha Phase 3 program will provide long-term safety and efficacy data. These include FOURIER (Further Cardiovascular OUtcomes Research with PCSK9 Inhibition in Subjects with Elevated Risk), which will assess whether treatment with Repatha in combination with statin therapy compared to placebo and statin therapy reduces recurrent cardiovascular events in approximately 27,500 patients with cardiovascular disease; EBBINGHAUS (Evaluating PCSK9 Binding AntiBody Influence oN CoGnitive HeAlth in High CardiovascUlar Risk Subjects), which will evaluate the effect of Repatha on cognitive function in a subset of patients enrolled in FOURIER; OSLER-2 (Open Label Study of Long TERm Evaluation Against LDL-C Trial-2) in patients with high cholesterol who completed any of the Phase 3 studies; GLAGOV (GLobal Assessment of Plaque ReGression with a PCSK9 AntibOdy as Measured by IntraVascular Ultrasound), which will determine the effect of Repatha on coronary atherosclerosis in approximately 950 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization; and TAUSSIG (Trial Assessing Long Term USe of PCSK9 Inhibition in Subjects with Genetic LDL Disorders), which will assess the long-term safety and efficacy of Repatha on LDL-C in patients with severe familial hypercholesterolemia including patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. The DESCARTES (Durable Effect of PCSK9 Antibody CompARed wiTh PlacEbo Study) study, a long-term safety and efficacy trial in patients with hyperlipidemia at risk for cardiovascular disease, has been completed.

About Corlanor® (ivabradine)
Corlanor® (ivabradine) is an investigational oral drug that inhibits the If current ("funny" current) in the sinoatrial node, the body's cardiac pacemaker.2 Corlanor works to slow the heart rate without negative effects on myocardial contractility or ventricular repolarization.2 Developed by Les Laboratoires Servier, Corlanor was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as PROCORALAN® in 2005 for the symptomatic treatment of stable angina and in 2012 for chronic heart failure in patients with elevated heart rates. As of April 2014, Corlanor was approved for use in 102 countries for the treatment of angina and in 89 countries for the treatment of chronic heart failure. Through a collaboration with Servier, Amgen has rights to commercialize Corlanor in the U.S.

About Amgen's Commitment to Cardiovascular Disease
Amgen is dedicated to addressing important scientific questions in order to advance care and improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease. Through its own research and development efforts and innovative partnerships, Amgen has built a robust cardiology pipeline consisting of several investigational molecules in an effort to address a number of today's important unmet patient needs, such as high cholesterol and heart failure.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

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References

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