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World Acute Myeloid Leukemia Day: Advancing research to serve patients

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a rare disease that mainly affects the elderly. It is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that progresses rapidly in the absence of therapeutic management.


The five-year survival rate for +60-year-old patients with AML is less than 10%1

This cancer is a proliferation of immature cells, i.e., cells that are not sufficiently developed and therefore cannot function normally. These cancer cells are present in the blood, which is why we speak of “leukemia”; they come from a myeloid blast, hence the term “myeloid.”

To find out more, read our insight: Understanding acute myeloid leukemia

To find out more, read our insight: Understanding acute myeloid leukemia

Our ambition is clear: to accelerate the research and discovery of new therapeutic solutions, guided by a long-term vision.

Our teams mobilize every day to discover and develop medicines where patients’ needs are greatest.

Faced with the continual increase in cancer cases and the growing need for therapeutic solutions, we have made oncology one of our strategic priorities and dedicate over 70% of our R&D budget to it. Our ambition is to become a focused and innovative player in cancer treatments, particularly hard-to-treat cancers where the needs are, for the most part, not yet covered, such as AML.

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We focus our R&D programs on two approaches: immuno-oncology and targeted therapies.

In order to best meet patient needs, we work with them at every stage of the medicine lifecycle.

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We collaborate with the global network of patient organizations ALAN (Acute Leukemia Advocates Network) to identify and better incorporate the needs of people living with leukemia.

[1] Betul Oran, Daniel J. Weisdorf. Survival for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia: a population-based study. Haematologica 2012;97(12):1916-1924;