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UCB To Buy Ra for $2.1bn And Plays Down Antitrust Fears

Getting hold of zilucoplan, a 'pipeline in a product'

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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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