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Roche Bulks Up In NLRP3 With €380m Inflazome Buy

Irish Biotech A Pioneer In Inflammasomes

Executive Summary

Having acquired Jecure Therapeutics and its preclinical portfolio of NLRP3 inhibitors just under two years ago, the Swiss giant has swooped in to buy Dublin-based Inflazome and expand its presence in a hot field of inflammatory research.

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