AstraZeneca PLC said on Monday that it has signed a deal with Allergan PLC AGN, +0.05% worth up to $1.52 billion through its global biologics research and development unit.
The bio-pharmaceutical company said that under the deal, Allergan will have the global rights to an antibody for Crohn’s disease.
Allergan will pay upfront $250 million, but it may also make some payments to AstraZeneca worth up to $1.27 billion, depending on how good the sales of the antibody are, the company said.
By Olga Cotaga
Big Pharma has long seen the potential for AI and machine learning to accelerate drug development. But Novo Nordisk is going a step further by channeling $200 million toward the creation of a computer that will outrun anything in existence.
Current methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease rely on a complex combination of self- and caregiver-reported symptoms, a physical examination and either a PET scan or a spinal tap to look for evidence of amyloid plaque build-ups in the brain. But a new artificial intelligence-based method may make the diagnostic process a much more objective one.
There is lots of talk about diversity and inclusion in business, including in pharma and medtech. A new report by the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), a think tank focusing on migration and diversity, released its “Minority Businesses Matter: Europe” report highlighting the successes and challenges of ethnic minority-owned businesses in Europe.