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Now Available: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Focus on ultra-rare diseases as a revenue and profit driver

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2013-03-16 12:11:49 - Fast Market Research recommends "Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Focus on ultra-rare diseases as a revenue and profit driver" from MarketLine, now available

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Alexion) is engaged in biologic therapeutic products aimed at treating patients with ultra-rare disease states. In 2007, it gained marketing approval from the FDA for Soliris, which has since become the world's single most expensive drug. This case study analyzes Alexion's success with Soliris, potential challenges, and how it is combatting these going forward.

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Soliris is currently approved to treat two ultra-rare orphan diseases and is, according to Forbes, the most expensive drug in the world. Since its

launch in 2007, Alexion has seen its revenues and stock price soar, reflecting its success and dramatic rise to prominence within the pharmaceuticals market.
Although the company enjoys exclusivity with Soliris for the time-being, this will become irrelevant by 2021, when its patent is due to expire, and generic versions of the drug will enjoy entry into the market.
In order to sustain growth going forward, Alexion is in the process of employing a number of strategies involving further R&D activities and acquisitions of other pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. and Enobia Pharma Corp.

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Your key questions answered

* Through which strategies has Alexion achieved success with its sole product, Soliris, thus far?
* What has been the impact of Alexion's success with Soliris on its overall business?
* What future challenges does Alexion face, and how are they aiming to combat these challenges?
* What acquisitions have been made by Alexion in recent years, and what impact have they had on the company's overall business?

Report Table of Contents:

Pharmaceuticals is a broad, growing market
The pharmaceuticals market has experienced strong, steady growth
The pharmaceuticals market is fragmented
Niche positions in the market are enabled by patent protection and exclusivity rights
Alexion's sole revenue driver is an orphan drug
The company's cornerstone drug, Soliris, has an extremely rare application
Alexion's revenues have soared following a high price and exclusivity
Success with Soliris has boosted the company's market capitalization
Alexion has an overreliance on Soliris
Big Pharma companies have diversified operations
The reliance on Soliris is a major threat for Alexion
The "patent cliff" serves as a threat to Alexion
The impact of the "patent cliff" is an industry-wide issue
The "patent cliff" will directly impact Alexion
Big Pharma companies are entering the orphan market
Big Pharma companies are setting up stand-alone units to commercialize orphan drugs
Competition will come at the research and development stage
Alexion's R&D activity is on the rise
Alexion's R&D spending has increased with revenues
Alexion has established another niche application for Soliris
Further niche applications for Soliris are in the pipeline
The acquisition of Taligen has further developed Alexions's pipeline
The acquisition of Taligen enhances Alexion's R&D capability
The acquisition of Taligen may have removed a potential competitor
Further acquisitions have also added to Alexion's pipeline
The deal with Orphatec has potential for further orphan activities
Alexion acquired Enobia for a relatively small fee
Enobia's lead product candidate has a niche application
Alexion's focus on niche demographics and orphan drugs continues to be a key revenue and profit driver
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