Issue Date: April 30, 2012
AstraZeneca To Buy Ardea
AstraZeneca has struck a deal to buy the small-molecule drug company Ardea Biosciences for $1.26 billion. San Diego-based Ardea has three compounds in development: two that target gout and one in the oncology area.
Ardea’s most advanced candidate, lesinurad, is a selective inhibitor of URAT1, a transporter in kidney cells that regulates uric acid excretion from the body. Chronic hyperuricemia, or abnormally elevated uric acid levels in the blood, is a symptom . . .
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