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The deal, welcomed by analysts, means that the Belgian drug maker has two late-stage products for the rare disease myasthenia gravis to challenge Alexion's Soliris.
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The Brussels-based company has leant on its local knowledge to snap up Leuven-headquartered biotech Handl and its proprietary AAV capsid technology platform.
Argenx's efgartigimod, an antibody fragment that blocks FcRn, looks most likely to be the first drug to challenge Alexion's Soliris in the myasthenia gravis market after the company presented more positive data from the ADAPT trial.
The Belgian drugmaker is getting hold of a device that delivers an inhaled formulation of the anxiety drug alprazolam which can rapidly terminate an epileptic seizure 30 seconds after it has begun.