The Galien Foundation Announces 2014 Prix Galien USA Nominees for "Best Biotechnology Product," "Best Pharmaceutical Agent," and "Best Medical Technology"

Winners to be Recognized by Research and Academic Leaders on October 28th at the 2014 Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony in New York City

Jul 31, 2014, 09:00 ET from Galien Foundation

NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Galien Foundation today announced the 2014 nominees for the eighth annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Prix Galien Award is considered the biomedical industry's highest accolade and recognizes the technical, scientific and clinical research skills necessary to develop innovative medicines and devices.

This year brings the highest number of nominees since the inception of the Prix Galien USA. Nominees include biomedical products across three categories – biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and technology products – that advance the human condition and which were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the past five years.

Nominees for the Prix Galien USA 2014 Awards are:

Best Biotechnology Product (Nominees)

     BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA)           

Allergan, Inc.    

     for Chronic Migraine patients         

     Voraxaze® (glucarpidase)               

BTG International Inc.        

     Erwinaze® (asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

     FluMist® Quadrivalent                           


     (influenza vaccine live, intranasal)              

     HEMACORD (HPC, Cord Blood)          

New York Blood Center's

Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center

     Flucelvax® (Influenza Virus Vaccine)


     Gattex® (teduglutide)                  

NPS Pharma

     Zaltrap® (ziv-aflibercept)       


     Jetrea® (ocriplasmin)            



Best Pharmaceutical Agent (Nominees)           

     Ampyra® (dalfampridine)                             

Acorda Therapeutics

     Opsumit® (macitentan)                              

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd


Allergan, Inc

     (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) 0.7 mg          

     BELIVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV                     

Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Eisai Inc.

     Caprelsa® (vandetanib)                             


     Adempas® (riociguat)                                

Bayer HealthCare

     Stivarga® (regorafenib)                             

Bayer HealthCare

     Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate)                  

Biogen Idec

     Sovaldi® (sofosbuvir)                              

Gilead Sciences

     Jakafi® (ruxolitinib)                            


     Imbruvica® (ibrutinib)                         

Janssen & Pharmacyclics

     Invokana® (canaglifozin)                     


     SIRTURO® (bedaquiline)                   


     Xarelto® (rivaroxaban)                          

Janssen & Bayer HealthCare

     Zytiga® (abiraterone acetate)                  


     Xtandi® (enzalutamide)                         

Medivation & Astellas

     Xalkori® (crizotinib)                             


     Xeljanz® (tofacitinib)                           


     Eliquis® (apixaban)                           

Bristol-Myers Squibb & Pfizer


Purdue Pharma

     (reformulated oxycodone HCl controlled release)      

     Latuda® (lurasidone HCI)                  

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

     Neupro® (Rotigotine Transdermal System)          


     Vimpat® (lacosamide)                                 



Best Medical Technology (Nominees)                

     SERI® Surgical Scaffold                            

Allergan, Inc.

     VITEK® MS Platform                              


     COMBIVENT® RESPIMAT®                     

Boehringer Ingelheim

     (ipratropium bromide and albuterol)           

     Inhalation Spray                                      

     The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System            

Boston Scientific

     Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord                      

Boston Scientific

     Stimulator System                               

     superDimension™ Navigation System          

Covidien – Interventional Lung Solutions

     Mobi-C® Cervical Disc                           

LDR Holding Corporation

     NovoTTF™ Therapy                                


     coflex®  Interlaminar Stabilization™ device            

Paradigm Spine, LLC

     Elecsys® Testosterone II                  


     Auvi-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP)               


     Trevo® ProVue™ Retriever                              


     CentraSight® Implantable Telescope Technology      

VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies

"Biomedical research can only exist when there are those who are willing to push innovation, extract understanding, and bring attention to the details," remarked Bruno Cohen, Chairman of the Galien Foundation.  "This year's nominees are catalysts for the development of disease-altering advances through biopharmaceutical and medical technology innovation. It is upon these values that the Galien Foundation is predicated, and we're proud to honor those in the field who exemplify these same principles."

The Prix Galien USA Committee, comprised of 10 renowned leaders from the biomedical industry and academia, including five Nobel Laureates, is responsible for evaluating nominees. Winners will be honored at the Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony on October 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Registration for the 2014 Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony is open and can be accessed here.

Galien Awards Committee 2014

  • Pr Richard Axel, M.D., Nobel Laureate, Co-Director, the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.
  • Pr Michael S. Brown, M.D., Nobel Laureate, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
  • Pr Laurie Glimcher, M.D., Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University, New York.
  • Pr Joseph Goldstein, M.D., Nobel Laureate, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine, UT, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
  • Pr Robert S. Langer, M.D., David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT.
  • Pr Paul A. Marks, M.D., Laboratory Head of Cell Biology Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. President, Emeritus, MSKCC.
  • Pr Bengt Samuelsson, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Former President of Karolinska Institute and Former Chairman of the Nobel Foundation.
  • Pr Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., President and Professor Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University, New York.
  • Pr Roy Vagelos, M.D., Chairman. Chairman of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Pr Elie Wiesel, Peace Nobel Laureate, Boston University Professor Emeritus. Honorary Member.

About the Galien Foundation
The Galien Foundation fosters, recognizes and rewards excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. Our vision is to be the catalyst for the development of the next generation of innovative treatment and technologies that will impact human health and save lives.

The Foundation oversees and directs activities in the USA for the Prix Galien, an international award that recognizes outstanding achievements in improving the human condition through the development of innovative therapies. The Prix Galien was created in France in 1970 in honor of Galen, the father of medical science and modern pharmacology. Worldwide, the Prix Galien is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical and medical technology research.

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