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April 25, 2015 7:02 AM ET


Company Overview of AstraZeneca AB

Company Overview

AstraZeneca AB offers research, development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and pain control.. The company was formerly known as Astra AB and changed its name to AstraZeneca AB in April 1999. The company was founded in 1913 and is based in Sodertalje, Sweden. AstraZeneca AB operates as a subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC.



Sodertalje,  151 85


Founded in 1913

24,958 Employees


46 8 55 32 60 00


46 8 55 32 90 00

Key Executives for AstraZeneca AB

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Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

AstraZeneca AB Key Developments

Dynavax and AstraZeneca to Advance TLR9 Agonist for Treatment of Asthma Into Phase 2a Clinical Study

Dynavax Technologies Corp. announced that the Company and AstraZeneca AB (AstraZeneca) signed an amendment to the existing Research Collaboration and License Agreement under which AstraZeneca will fully fund and Dynavax will conduct a Phase 2a safety and efficacy trial of AZD1419 in patients with asthma. AZD1419 is a proprietary, second-generation TLR9 agonist CpG oligodeoxynucleotide formulated for inhalation use. The decision to accelerate this potential disease-modifying therapeutic into Phase 2, eliminating the previously planned Phase 1b study, was based on the positive results of a Phase 1a study in 45 healthy volunteers. The primary study objective was assessment of the safety of 4 weekly doses of AZD1419 or placebo. Ascending doses were well tolerated with no serious adverse events observed in treated subjects. Additional endpoints assessing pharmacodynamics were met, with dose-dependent induction of interferon-regulated genes in sputum and blood cells. Dynavax intends to initiate the Phase 2a study in asthma patients in the first half of 2015 and a milestone is payable on its initiation. Remaining potential milestone payments to Dynavax total approximately $100 million. In addition, Dynavax will receive royalties on worldwide sales of any approved products resulting from the collaboration and will have the opportunity to co-promote in the United States.

AstraZeneca AB Scraps Collaboration Pact with Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. After Arthritis Drug Stalls in Phase III Tests

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that AstraZeneca AB (AZN) terminated a licensing and collaboration agreement between the companies on RIGL's prospective arthritis drug. Under terms of the February 2010 agreement AZN was responsible for conducting and funding all future development, regulatory filings, manufacturing and global commercialization of products containing RIGL's fostamatinib drug candidate, an oral spleen tyrosine kinase inhibitor. The December 4, 2013, decision follows top-line results released in June from a pair of Phase III trials of fostamatinib after the drug failed to demonstrate a statistically significant difference in modified Total Sharp Score compared with a placebo after 24 weeks. As a result of the termination of the agreement, all rights to fostamatinib revert to RIGL.

POZEN Inc. and AstraZeneca AB Enter into Amendment to Collaboration and License Agreement Regarding Development and Commercialization of Proprietary Fixed Dose Combinations of Proton Pump Inhibitor Esomeprazole Magnesium

On September 16, 2013, POZEN Inc. and AstraZeneca AB entered into Amendment No. 3 to that certain Collaboration and License Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2006, as amended, regarding the development and commercialization of proprietary fixed dose combinations of the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) esomeprazole magnesium with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) naproxen, in a single tablet for the management of pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID associated gastric ulcers. VIMOVO (naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium) delayed-release tablets were co-developed by POZEN and AstraZeneca pursuant to the Agreement and are marketed by AstraZeneca in the United States and numerous other countries. The Amendment makes clarifications to certain intellectual property provisions of the Agreement to clarify that AstraZeneca's rights under those provisions do not extend to products which contain acetyl salicylic acid.

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