About Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
Hepatitis C is a viral disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that mainly affects the liver. It is a leading cause of chronic liver disease, liver cancer and transplant. The number of individuals chronically infected with HCV globally has been estimated at 150 million, with 3–4 million new infections occurring each year. Only about 15-25 percent of patients clear the virus in the acute phase. Of the remaining chronically infected patients, 20 percent will develop cirrhosis within 20 years on average. The mortality rate after cirrhosis has developed is 2-5 percent per year. End-stage liver disease due to HCV infection currently represents the major cause for liver transplantation in the Western world.
About Boehringer Ingelheim in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
Through pioneering science, Boehringer Ingelheim strives to spread the cure in HCV and ease the burden of the disease. Boehringer Ingelheim's clinical research team is working with HCV experts from all over the world to extend a cure to more patients suffering from the disease, including those who are toughest to cure. Boehringer Ingelheim is investigating faldaprevir (BI 201335) and BI 207127 through HCVerso, our rigorous clinical trial programme that is designed to find answers to the real-life challenges that HCV patients face.
Faldaprevir (BI 201335), an investigational oral HCV NS3/4A next generation protease inhibitor has shown the potential to improve cure rates as compared to PegIFN/RBV therapy alone, has completed clinical trials through Phase IIb (SILEN-C studies). The ongoing multi-study Phase III trial programme, STARTVersoTM, that evaluates faldaprevir combined with PegIFN/RBV in treatment-naïve, treatment-experienced and HIV co-infected patients with chronic genotype-1 HCV is nearly complete.
BI 207127 is an investigational non-nucleoside NS5B RNA-dependent polymerase inhibitor that has the potential to eliminate interferon from HCV treatment when combined with faldaprevir (BI 201335) and RBV. Phase II trials of this interferon-sparing regimen have been completed and Phase III HCVersoTM trials investigating this regimen will commence later this year.
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 145 affiliates and more than 44,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
As a central element of its culture, Boehringer Ingelheim pledges to act socially responsibly. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim's endeavours.
In 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 13.2 billion euro. R&D expenditure in the business area Prescription Medicines corresponds to 23.5% of its net sales.