Deal Watch: Allergan Keeps After Hair Loss With Exicure Deal
Allergan has tried to go after alopecia in the past; Exicure brings a new spherical nucleic acid (SNA) technology. In other recent deals, AstraZeneca sells Seroquel, Losec rights to Germany’s Cheplapharm.
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Lupin plans to invest in acquisitions and organic growth in the US and India after selling Japanese subsidiary Kyowa Pharma for an enterprise value of around $525m to Japan private equity group Unison Capital. But the Indian firm stresses it is not exiting Japan and will continue to look for marketing partnerships.