Research and Development
Martin Mackay: The vision for the R&D function is to develop medicines that can truly make a difference to patients' lives. In saying that, I mean that we work in devastating diseases. The medicines that we come up with have to have a major effect on a disease. If you look at the programs we have in development, they really are against diseases that are devastating. The treatments that we are looking at are really those that can make a big difference.
We are a global company. Our medicines are used throughout the world now, we're in United States for sure, but Latin America, Europe, Asia and our medicines are across the globe. This is really important because diseases know no boundaries. Those diseases that we treat are truly global in nature also, so as a company we have to be so. And we continue to evolve in this way.
Alexion is really making a difference in patients' lives. And you know, as scientists, that's what drives us—just that ability to actually impact society.
Martin Mackay, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research & Development
Alexion's research and development programs aim to deliver highly innovative therapies that have the potential to transform patients' lives. We pursue treatments for diseases that are truly devastating for patients and their families that currently have few, if any, effective treatment options. We do not settle for incremental benefits—rather, we strive to completely change the landscape of a disease. With these filters in mind, we pursue diseases in any therapeutic area with whatever modality we can.
Today, Alexion is advancing the most robust rare disease pipeline in the biotech industry, with 10 programs in clinical development and 30 preclinical programs. Our highly innovative product candidates are being evaluated in multiple therapeutic areas, including severe and life-threatening complement disorders and metabolic diseases.
Alexion's R&D activities are based primarily in the United States. We also have an R&D center in Paris focused on accelerated discovery research through innovative partnerships with clinical investigators at the Imagine Institute and other clinical research centers throughout France.
Our Development Programs