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GSK Signs Aptamer Deal With Archemix

by Lisa M. Jarvis
January 5, 2009 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 87, ISSUE 1

GlaxoSmithKline has linked with Archemix to develop aptamer therapeutics, or synthesized oligonucleotides, against seven targets related to inflammatory diseases. GSK is taking a $6.5 million stake in Archemix, which recently announced a merger with fellow Boston-area biotech firm NitroMed. Archemix also gains an additional $21 million upfront and could receive up to $200 million in milestone payments for each of the seven aptamer targets covered in the deal. The biotech firm will be tasked with developing the aptamer therapeutics through clinical proof-of-mechanism.

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