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Pharmaceuticals

Janssen acquires Cerecor compound

by Michael McCoy
August 20, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 33

Janssen Pharmaceuticals has acquired the selective kappa opioid receptor antagonist CERC-501 from Cerecor for $25 million plus a possible $20 million milestone payment. Baltimore-based Cerecor acquired CERC-501 from Eli Lilly & Co. in early 2015 and was developing the drug as a treatment for depression and substance use disorders. Late last year, Cerecor announced that CERC-501 failed in a trial as a treatment for nicotine withdrawal.

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