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Novo, in rare deal, buys rights to Prothena amyloidosis treatment

July 18, 2021
Life sciences

Novo is best known for the insulins and other diabetes medicines its scientists spent years developing and refining. Deals for drugs invented outside its laboratories are relatively rare, as are agreements focused on diseases other than the metabolic condition.

But Novo has shown an interest in expanding its research into blood disease and cardiovascular treatments, mounting a failed bid for the Belgian drugmaker Ablynx in 2018 and, more recently, acquiring Corvidia Therapeutics and its antibody drug for heart disease.

The deal for Prothena’s PRX004, though a bit further afield, appears to fit into that pattern, giving Novo a mid-stage therapy for a disease that’s receiving more and more attention from drugmakers. READ MORE

By Ned Pagliarulo


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