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Metabolics bet pays off for Isis
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Although Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has invested heavily in its
antisense programs in cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders, a minor bet on
antisense compounds for metabolic disorders has yielded a payoff in just 18 months.
Last week, ISIP granted Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK, Whitehouse Station,
N.J.) an exclusive license to a preclinical antisense compound for Type II diabetes and
obesity. The compound, ISIS 113715, is
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