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Jazz Pharmaceuticals has acquired the neuroscience drug firm Cavion for $52.5 million up front. Cavion’s most advanced drug candidate is a small molecule licensed from Merck & Co. Called CX–8998, it targets T-type calcium channels, which are implicated in several neurological diseases, including essential tremor, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. Cavion has already tested the compound in clinical trials for those three conditions. Cavion shareholders could earn an additional $260 million in milestone payments as the compound undergoes further testing.
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