Celgene Joins Evotec In Its First Neurodegenerative Drug Discovery Effort
Evotec has landed a strategic partnership with Celgene worth up to $295m in neurodegeneration drug discovery based on the German CRO's induced pluripotent stem cell platform.
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Celgene's fourth quarter earnings report delivered no revenue surprises, but the company noted its pipeline progress and insisted that business development is the main priority for its $12bn in cash as it looks to bring in new assets that can boost post-Revlimid growth.
Busy stretch before Christmas holidays sees two deals around oncolytic virus therapeutics, a Middle East partnership for Orexigen’s Contrave, immuno-oncology deals involving Pfizer and ElsaLys, and Roche and ImmuNext partnering to develop drugs targeting the VISTA pathway.