Takeda/Ovid Broaden Pioneering CH24H Inhibitor To Rare Epilepsies
Takeda and partner Ovid are planning new trials in rare pediatric indications for their first-in-class epilepsy drug, including in the increasingly competitive area of Dravet syndrome.
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Takeda is continuing apace with smaller targeted alliances despite its big Ariad acquisition, this time linking with a private US venture for the global development of a novel drug for serious pediatric epilepsies, in a move that aligns with the Japanese firm's pursuit of R&D externalization.