BayerThe highly distinguished Awards Committee of the Galien Foundation has honoured Bayer's Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) with the Prix Galien International 2010 in the category Best Pharmaceutical Agent. Xarelto had previously already been recognised with national Prix Galien awards in Belgium, France and Switzerland.

The Prix Galien Award recognizes outstanding achievements in improving health through the development of innovative therapies, and is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical research. The Awards Committee of the Prix Galien International 2010, including many Nobel Prize Laureates, was chaired by Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Professor of Rheumatology and Director of Biotechnology Study Centre, New York University School of Medicine. The award ceremony was hosted in the "American Museum of Natural History" in New York (USA).

"We are very excited about the award and honoured by the recognition of this globally renowned Committee. Being awarded the International Prix Galien for Best Pharmaceutical Agent underscores the drive for innovation that characterizes the focus of our company, and our continuing ambition to improve the quality of life of patients," commented Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, "Xarelto has consistently demonstrated superior efficacy compared to current standard therapy for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement surgery and has become the market leader among the new oral anticoagulants."

About Rivaroxaban
Rivaroxaban is a novel oral anticoagulant that was invented in Bayer Schering Pharma's Wuppertal laboratories in Germany, and is being jointly developed by Bayer HealthCare and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. In clinical studies, rivaroxaban has consistently shown superior efficacy to enoxaparin in preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adult patients following elective hip or knee replacement surgery. It has a rapid onset of action with a predictable dose response and high bioavailability, no requirement for coagulation monitoring, as well as a limited potential for food and drug interactions. Rivaroxaban is marketed under the brand name Xarelto® for VTE prevention in adult patients following elective hip or knee replacement surgery, and it is the only new oral anticoagulant that has consistently demonstrated superior efficacy over enoxaparin for this indication. Xarelto® is approved in more than 100 countries worldwide and has been successfully launched in more than 75 countries by Bayer Schering Pharma achieving the market leader position amongst the new oral anticoagulants.

The extensive clinical trial program supporting rivaroxaban makes it the most studied oral, direct Factor Xa inhibitor in the world today. More than 65,000 patients are involved in the rivaroxaban clinical development program, which is evaluating the product in the prevention and treatment of a broad range of acute and chronic blood-clotting disorders, including stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, secondary prevention of acute coronary syndrome, and VTE prevention in hospitalized, medically ill patients.

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