Drug company opts for new name, dropping ISIS

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CompaniesIsis Pharmaceuticals changes its name.

NEW YORK (AP) — Isis Pharmaceuticals, which shares a name with the Islamic State extremist group, has changed its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals after resisting to do so for some time. Wade Walke, VP for corporate communications and investor relations at Isis Pharmaceuticals, told CNN Money at the time. “It’s obviously not getting better over time.” This isn’t the first brand killed by ISIS.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals is an original name that the Company has chosen to represent its innovative culture and heritage as both the pioneer and leader in the RNA-targeted therapeutic space for the past 26 years. “Our goal is to create medicines that will save patients’ lives, and we are proud to be at the forefront of creating innovative medicines. We decided to change our company name because, when people see or hear our name, we want them to think about the life-saving medicines we are developing.”

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