Alnylam is developing an entirely new class of medicines based on the breakthrough discovery in biology known as RNA interference, or RNAi. Alnylam believes that RNAi therapeutics are a promising approach to silence disease-causing genes, and represent an opportunity to transform the treatment of many diseases.
In January 2015, we launched our “Alnylam 2020” guidance for the advancement and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics as a whole new class of innovative medicines. Specifically, by the end of 2020, we expect to achieve a company profile with 3 marketed products, 10 RNAi therapeutic clinical programs – including 4 in late stages of development – across 3 Strategic Therapeutic Areas (STArs). Our 3 STArs include: Genetic Medicines, RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases; Cardio-Metabolic Disease, RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of unmet needs in dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); and Hepatic Infectious Disease, RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of infectious diseases with liver involvement. “Alnylam 2020” marks our expected transition from a late-stage clinical development company to a multi-product commercial-stage company with a robust and sustainable development pipeline – a profile that we believe has rarely been achieved in the biopharmaceutical industry.
In December 2014, we announced a pipeline growth strategy for development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics across three Strategic Therapeutic Areas (STArs): Genetic Medicines, Cardio-metabolic Disease, and Hepatic Infectious Disease. The strategy builds on our progress in the advancement of RNAi therapeutics, including our “Enhanced Stabilization Chemistry” (ESC)-GalNAc conjugate technology, as a modular and reproducible platform for discovery of innovative medicines. The three STArs will remain focused on liver-expressed and genetically validated or pathogen-derived disease targets, with biomarkers for assessment of clinical activity early in Phase 1 trials. Across our three STArs, we believe that we can address major unmet needs in a wide range of diseases with high-impact, differentiated medicines, and continue to build what we believe to be one of the most robust pipelines in biotech. By executing on this strategy, we believe we have the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients, and maximize value for shareholders.