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Early data hint at sub-blockbuster add-on for Alexion's billion dollar antibody

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals has presented positive data from a Phase II single-arm study of its blockbuster Soliris (eculizumab) in a new potential indication, the prevention of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), a severe and life-threatening complication in certain patients undergoing kidney transplantation. If the preliminary study findings are confirmed – they indicate that around 20% of kidney used in transplants might not be wasted through organ rejection - Alexion’s antibody could take a reasonable share in a $1.4bn market for kidney sparing in transplantation.

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