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Syntaxin: Secretion blockers

Mimicking nature is not a new drug discovery strategy, but understanding how botulinum neurotoxins work has provided Syntaxin Ltd. with a new molecular toolbox that last week attracted £16 million ($33.1 million) in a series B round.

Spun out of the U.K. Department of Health's Health Protection Agency (HPA) in November 2005, Syntaxin (Abingdon, U.K.) is leveraging knowledge of the structure and function of Clostridium neurotoxins, acquired over the past 15 years or so by its founder and CSO Keith Foster. The goal is

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