– Takeda to Highlight Five Poster Presentations and an Oral Pipeline Symposium, Emphasizing a New Approach to Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Related Conditions
– Research Underscores Takeda’s Mission to Help Improve Patient Outcomes for Higher-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia and Acute Myeloid Leukemia –Rare Cancers with Significant Need
Cambridge, Mass. and Osaka, Japan, May 7, 2019 – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited [TSE: 4502 / NYSE: TAK] today announced that it will present a total of five company-sponsored poster presentations, as well as an oral pipeline symposium, at the 15th International Symposium on Myelodysplastic Syndromes taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 8-11, 2019. Takeda’s presentations will highlight the company’s investigations into the epidemiology, prognosis and patient reported outcomes for higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (HR-MDS) and the related conditions – chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – to achieve a deep understanding of these rare cancers and the needs of this patient community.
“We are excited to join the MDS community at this upcoming meeting where we will share key findings around Takeda’s research in HR-MDS, CMML and AML,” said Hui Huang, PhD, Head, Oncology Global Outcomes Research at Takeda. “For over a decade, there has been little advancement in treatment options for people living with HR-MDS and CMML, despite poor patient outcomes. Takeda’s investment in this wide-ranging global outcomes research directly captures patient input to better understand these cancers, as well as AML, and the impact on their lives. These findings are an important aspect of our work as we strive to bring new treatment options to patients.”
At this year’s International Symposium on Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Takeda will present results from a variety of innovative research studies. These results are the first global systematic review of HR-MDS and CMML on incidence and prevalence, including the risk of transformation to AML. The results will also quantify the disease burden, discuss the difficulties associated with diagnosis and underscore the significant unmet need of this patient population. Some of this research was conducted in collaboration with the MDS Foundation – an international non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to support and educate patients and healthcare providers with innovative research into the fields of MDS, AML and related myeloid neoplasms.
Five Takeda Oncology-sponsored abstracts were accepted for poster presentation, as well as an oral pipeline symposium during MDS 2019:
Note: All times listed are in Central European Standard Time
For more information, the MDS 2019 program is available here: https://mds.kenes.com/2019/scientific/scientific-program#.XJosUihKhdg
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are rare forms of blood cancer that are caused by irregular blood cell production within the bone marrow. As a result of this irregular production, a person with MDS, CMML or AML does not have enough normal red blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets in circulation. Symptoms for MDS, CMML and AML are often vague and related to low blood counts, and may include fatigue, shortness of breath, easy bruising or bleeding, loss of appetite, weakness, pale skin, fever and frequent or severe infections.
There are several classifications of MDS – lower risk to higher-risk – determined by blood counts, blast counts, mutations and cytogenetics. Higher-risk disease is defined as intermediate, high or very high risk on the International Prognostic Scoring System – Revised (IPSS-R), and these patients often have a poorer prognosis. In some cases, MDS and CMML can progress into AML.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.
For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com
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