Bristol-Myers Squibb CompanyBristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) and AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) announced the commencement of the "Saxagliptin Assessment of Vascular Outcomes Recorded in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus" trial (SAVOR-TIMI 53), a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 4 study, to evaluate treatment with ONGLYZA™ (saxagliptin), a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitor, in adult type 2 diabetes patients with cardiovascular risk factors. The five-year study will follow approximately 12,000 patients with type 2 diabetes, who have either a history of previous cardiovascular events or multiple risk factors for vascular disease, and includes patients with renal impairment.

The objectives of the SAVOR-TIMI 53 trial are to test the hypothesis of whether treatment with ONGLYZA compared with placebo when added to a patients' current standard of care will result in a reduction in the composite endpoint of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction or non-fatal ischaemic stroke and to exclude an unacceptable cardiovascular toxicity. The SAVOR-TIMI 53 trial was in part designed to fulfill a post-marketing requirement for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as to help answer the important question of potential benefit beyond glucose lowering. There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with ONGLYZA or any other antidiabetic drug.

Eugene Braunwald, M.D., Chairman, and Deepak L. Bhatt M.D., MPH, Senior Investigator of the TIMI Study Group, in conjunction with Itamar Raz, M.D., Head of the Diabetes Unit at the Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem, will serve as principal investigators and conduct the trial for Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca.

"One of the objectives of the SAVOR-TIMI 53 study is to test superiority of treatment with ONGLYZA versus placebo when added to current therapy, as well as exclude unacceptable cardiovascular risk," said Eugene Braunwald, M.D., Chairman of the TIMI Study Group.

ONGLYZA has been submitted for regulatory review in more than 50 countries and is approved in 38 countries, including the United States and European Union. ONGLYZA was approved by the U.S. FDA in July 2009. ONGLYZA (saxagliptin) is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar (glycemic) control in adults for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. ONGLYZA once daily can be used in combination with commonly prescribed oral anti-diabetic medications - metformin, sulfonylureas or thiazolidinediones (TZD) - or as a monotherapy to significantly reduce glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) levels. ONGLYZA should not be used for the treatment of type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (high levels of certain acids, known as ketones, in the blood or urine). ONGLYZA has not been studied in combination with insulin.

Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca Collaboration
Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca entered into a collaboration in January 2007 to enable the companies to research, develop and commercialize select investigational drugs for type 2 diabetes. The Bristol-Myers Squibb/AstraZeneca Diabetes collaboration is dedicated to global patient care, improving patient outcomes and creating a new vision for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
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About TIMI Study Group
Since its inception in 1984 the principal goal of the TIMI Study Group (TIMI) has been to conduct high quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with coronary artery disease. TIMI has been involved in a wide array of phase 1 to phase 4 trials as well as registries. These have ranged in size from less than 30 to more than 25,000 subjects. The interventions studied include fibrinolytic, antithrombotic, anti-platelet, anti-ischemic and lipid lowering agents as well as percutaneous coronary intervention.

About Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
The Hadassah University Medical Center is a leading provider of medical and health services in Israel, known for its pioneering vision and enduring commitment to patient-centered care and groundbreaking research.

The Diabetes Unit at Hadassah Medical Organization is made up of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and scientists, recognized experts in the field of diabetes both at the basic science and clinical levels. The Diabetes Unit team is currently leading several clinical studies worldwide.

ONGLYZA is a trademark of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.