Serono Bolsters New Drug Pipeline | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 84 Issue 43 | p. 29
Issue Date: October 23, 2006

Serono Bolsters New Drug Pipeline

Department: Business

Serono has licensed a late-stage drug for cognitive disorders from Italian R&D firm Newron Pharmaceuticals. Serono will pay Newron up to $200 million in up-front payments and milestones for access to safinamide, an α-aminoamide derivative that is currently in Phase III trials for Parkinson's disease. The Swiss biotech firm will also fund all future development and marketing costs for the small-molecule drug. Newron retains the right to copromote the drug in Italy and Spain.

 
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