Issue Date: September 4, 2017
Big pharma partners sign Parkinson’s pact
AstraZeneca and Takeda Pharmaceutical are joining to develop MEDI1341, an antibody from AstraZeneca intended to treat Parkinson’s disease. MEDI1341 binds to and inhibits α-synuclein, a protein that accumulates in the nerve cells of people with Parkinson’s. Takeda will pay AstraZeneca up to $400 million. AstraZeneca will lead Phase I clinical trials, which are set to start later this year.
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