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3 August, 2021 - 13:20 By Tony Quested

No half measures as AstraZeneca figures hit warp speed

Cambridge life sciences powerhouse AstraZeneca, whose market cap towers at £128.13 billion, has delivered a thumping set of first half results.

Accelerating top-line growth with continued pipeline progress underpins the transition to long-term sustainable expansion, according to CEO Pascal Soriot.

AstraZeneca delivered strong revenue growth of 23 per cent in the half to $15,540 million while, in the second quarter revenue increased by 31 per cent to $8,220m. 

Excluding the contribution from the pandemic COVID-19 vaccine, revenue increased by 14 per cent in the half to $14,371m.  Further pipeline progress and the recent acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. supports the company’s transition to long-term sustainable growth. 

Soriot said: “AstraZeneca has delivered another period of strong growth thanks to robust performances across all regions and disease areas, particularly oncology, New CVRM and Fasenra in Respiratory. As a result, we have delivered further earnings progression, supported ongoing launches, and continued our investment in R & D.

“We continue to advance our portfolio of life-changing medicines with further significant progress across disease areas. In Oncology, we recently presented Lynparza’s OlympiA Phase III trial at the plenary session of the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, and we also shared the final results from Calquence’s head-to-head trial with ibrutinib. 

“In BioPharmaceuticals, the US approved Farxiga for chronic kidney disease and granted Tezepelumab Priority Review to treat patients with asthma. Alexion will enable us to enhance our pipeline, extending the company’s presence in rare diseases and immunology with its complement biology.

“Following the successful acquisition of Alexion, we are updating our full-year 2021 guidance; our long-term goals to accelerate scientific discovery, invest for sustainable growth and deliver more benefits for patients remains unchanged.”

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