At the same time, Baxter increased its investments in research and development to $1.2 billion, reflecting an increase of 22 percent, as the company advanced a number of clinical programs in its pipeline, expanded its portfolio with several product launches and line extensions, and initiated several new programs and collaborations. In addition, Baxter announced investments to enhance future plasma production capacity with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Georgia and a collaboration with Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening (Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation) in the Netherlands to support growth of its plasma-based treatments. The company also entered into a number of partnerships, such as a novel public-private partnership in Brazil to expand patient access to vital hemophilia therapies, and executed several business development initiatives to enhance future growth, including the proposed acquisition of Gambro AB, a global medical technology company focused on developing, manufacturing and supplying dialysis products and therapies for patients with acute or chronic kidney disease.''The progress we have made during 2012, together with our solid financial performance, sets a very strong foundation for 2013 and beyond. We remain very confident in the long-term growth prospects for our company,'' said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. ''Baxter’s core portfolio continues to benefit from our focus on life-saving therapies, and the increased level of R&D investment has transformed our new product pipeline into a robust portfolio of products and therapies directed at improving the quality of care while addressing key, high-potential areas of unmet medical need. We’ve also entered into a number of partnerships and executed business development initiatives that align with our core strengths, position Baxter for future success, and enhance shareholder value.'' Recent achievements reflecting these priorities include the following:
- Announcement of pivotal Phase III study results evaluating the efficacy and safety of routine prophylaxis compared to on-demand treatment of FEIBA NF [Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex], Nanofiltered and Vapor Heated, in patients with hemophilia A or B that develop inhibitors. Top-line results from the study showed a reduced median annual bleed rate from 28.7 during FEIBA NF on-demand treatment to 7.9 during FEIBA NF prophylactic treatment (a 72.5 percent reduction). The Phase III study will form the basis of a biologics license application to be filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2013.
- Submission of an Investigational New Drug application for hemophilia A treatment BAX 855 with the FDA, following positive results from a Phase I trial. BAX 855 is a full-length longer-acting recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) that was developed to increase the half-life of ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin-Free Method] – the most widely chosen rFVIII in the world. Baxter expects to start enrollment of adult patients in its Phase II/III study in the first quarter of 2013.
- Execution of an exclusive 20-year partnership with Hemobrás (Empresa Brasileira de Hemoderivados e Biotechnologia) to provide hemophilia patients in Brazil greater access to recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) therapy for the treatment of hemophilia A. Hemophilia A is a genetic condition in which the body does not produce enough clotting protein factor VIII. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people in Brazil are living with hemophilia A, and today the vast majority are treated with plasma-derived FVIII therapy. Through this innovative partnership, Baxter will be the exclusive provider of Brazil's recombinant FVIII treatment over the next 10 years while the companies work together on a technology transfer to support development of local manufacturing capacity by Hemobrás.
- Completion of the first U.S. study of the company’s home hemodialysis system and initiation of a nocturnal in-center trial in Canada. Data from both trials will support the company’s submission for CE Mark in Europe in 2013.
- Conclusion of Baxter's first Phase III trial evaluating IG therapy in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease patients. Initial data from the trial are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2013, and the company continues enrollment in a second, confirmatory Phase III trial.