No­var­tis qui­et­ly hands top­i­cal treat­ment for rare dis­ease to Life­Max — lat­est in a string of out-li­cens­ing deals

The steady stream of out­ward deals flow­ing from No­var­tis made a rare dis­ease turn to­day.

Pa­lo Al­to-based Life­Max Lab­o­ra­to­ries has li­censed BPR277, a clin­i­cal stage oint­ment that treats a rare con­di­tion af­fect­ing the skin, hair and im­mune sys­tems called Nether­ton syn­drome. Caused by mu­ta­tions in the SPINK5 gene, the dis­ease can be life-threat­en­ing for new­borns. Cur­rent treat­ments con­sist of var­i­ous top­i­cal re­lief prod­ucts and an­tibi­otics with no FDA-ap­proved prod­ucts tar­get­ing the dis­ease it­self.

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