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Biogen buys rights to Alzheimer's treatments from Eisai

  • Biogen Idec (BIIB) has purchased the rights to two experimental treatments for Alzheimer's disease from Japan's Eisai.
  • Biogen will pay Eisai an unspecified amount upfront and milestones. If the drugs, called E2609 and BAN2401, are commercialized, the companies will share the profits.
  • Eisai (ESALF) will lead the development of the therapies and pursue regulatory authorization, although both companies will co-promote the drugs in the U.S., Europe and other markets.
  • "Eisai's candidates have demonstrated compelling early data and complement our Alzheimer's disease research while extending our pipeline in this critical area," says Biogen CEO George Scangos.
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