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Kythera: Leveraging skin biology
Monday, January 15, 2007
Unlike dermatology companies that have built their businesses on developing
improved formulations of marketed treatments, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc.
is using its understanding of skin biology to pursue a strategy that includes
the risk-minimizing approach of repurposing drugs with a history of systemic
use, as well as the development of novel agents.
Last week, the company made announcements on both fronts. Kythera started a
Phase I/II trial of its lead compound, a novel injectable adipolytic to reduce
localized fat deposits. The company also received exclusive worldwide rights
to develop a
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