Roche buys cancer drugmaker Ignyta | January 1, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 1 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: January 1, 2018

Roche buys cancer drugmaker Ignyta

By Ryan Cross
Department: Business
Keywords: Oncology, Ignyta, Roche, cancer, tyrosine kinase, entrectinib

Swiss drug giant Roche will expand its oncology pipeline with a $1.7 billion purchase of the San Diego-based drugmaker Ignyta. The deal is part of a growing trend to design cancer drugs that target tumors with particular genetic mutations, as opposed to a particular tissue. Ignyta’s lead cancer compound, entrectinib, is a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor. The firm has three other small-molecule programs for cancer, including one compound the company says could boost the innate immune response to tumors.

 
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