ECTRIMS 2012: another look at the largest congress Lyon has ever hosted

14 November 2012

From the 10 to 13 October 2012 Lyon successfully hosted the 28th ECTRIMS conference, one of the largest neurology conferences in Europe.

ECTRIMS 2012: a record number of people attending

For its 28th conference ECTRIMS brought together over 7,300 delegates from around the world in the Lyon Centre de congrès - a record! Among the visitors, there were delegates from 96 different countries, and of these the majority were from, in order of size, the United States, Germany and France. Once again, a strong indication of the attractiveness of Greater Lyon.

Genzyme: encouraging results for the treatment of multiple sclerosis

At the conference, Genzyme, a Sanofi Group business whose products and services concentrate on rare diseases and multiple sclerosis, presented the positive results from its Tower project, devoted to AUBAGIO®.

AUBAGIO 14 mg is the only oral MS therapy to significantly delay progression of disability across two phase III studies. "Slowing the progression of disability is a major goal in treating MS and remains a significant unmet need for many patients," said Ludwig Kappos, M.D., Chair of Neurology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, who presented the key TOWER results.

"The convenience of a once daily oral therapy offers a meaningful alternative for patients wanting to avoid the burden of regular injections", said David Meeker, M.D., President and CEO, Genzyme.

The ongoing AUBAGIO clinical development program, involving more than 5,000 patients in 36 countries, is among the largest of any MS therapy.

Marketing applications for AUBAGIO are currently under review by the EMA and other regulatory authorities.

Exceptional reception and welcome systems: the Lyon Welcome Attitude

"Lyon Welcome Attitude" was put in place in association with the Lyon Tourism Conference Office, the Conference centre and local partners (airport, trains, Sytral, hotels etc.).

These unique measures meant that delegates, 90% foreigners, received an exceptional welcome. The delegates also benefited from strengthened welcoming measures (signage, hostesses etc.) as well as easy access to the Conference centre (shuttle buses, free public transport tickets): all of this giving visitors a chance to explore Lyon and to come back.

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ECTRIMS opens the way for other large international conferences, some who have already indicated they are interested in booking in the future, such as IFLA in 2014, which confirms the increasing attractiveness of Lyon and the ability of the town to host major conferences and more generally large international events.