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Sanofi and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals to Collaborate on Sotagliflozin, an Investigational New Oral Medicine for People with Diabetes

PARIS and THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (LXRX) announced today that they have entered into a collaboration and license agreement for the development and commercialization of sotagliflozin, an investigational new oral dual inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporters 1 and 2 (SGLT-1 and SGLT-2), which could be a potential treatment option for people with diabetes.

"This agreement with Lexicon reinforces our commitment to helping people living with diabetes," said Pascale Witz, Executive Vice President, Sanofi, who will lead the Global Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care Business Unit in the company's new organizational structure. "Adding sotagliflozin to our portfolio, which includes medicines at virtually every stage of the treatment pathway, highlights our focus on providing a large and diverse set of therapeutic options for people with this disease."

The developmental medicine sotagliflozin (LX4211) is currently being studied in two pivotal Phase 3 trials in type 1 diabetes, which are expected to report top-line results during the second half of 2016. Phase 3 trials in type 2 diabetes are expected to begin in 2016. Sotagliflozin has previously shown encouraging results in exploratory (Phase 2) studies, including reduction of blood sugar (HbA1c), improvement in glycemic variability and reduced meal-time insulin dose compared with placebo in type 1 diabetics. Phase 2 studies exploring treatment in people with type 2 diabetes, including those with renal impairment, showed lowering of blood sugar (HbA1c), weight loss and blood pressure improvements. No increase in hypoglycemic events was seen with sotagliflozin compared to background therapy in the Phase 2 program. The adverse event profile in the Phase 2 program was similar to other products in this class and reflective of the urinary glucose excretion associated with sotagliflozin's inhibition of SGLT-2.

These results indicate that sotagliflozin could have the potential to become an important option among oral anti-diabetic medicines and provide a strong rationale for the further investigation of this compound as a treatment for people with diabetes.

"Lexicon firmly believes in the potential of sotagliflozin for patients living with diabetes. It has been our strategy to focus our resources on the development of sotagliflozin for type 1 diabetes and to pursue a strategic partnership with respect to type 2 diabetes only if it would strengthen stakeholder value under a fully integrated diabetes program. We believe this arrangement with Sanofi achieves that objective," said Lexicon President and Chief Executive Officer Lonnel Coats...