Roche headquarters in Basel, Switzerland (Kyle LaHucik for Endpoints News)

Roche bets again on Io­n­is in Hunt­ing­ton’s, Alzheimer's

Roche is again pair­ing up with its decade­long part­ner Io­n­is Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, pay­ing $60 mil­lion up­front for the ex­clu­sive rights to two RNA as­sets, the com­pa­nies said Wednes­day morn­ing.

The deal cen­ters around Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The duo orig­i­nal­ly came to­geth­er in 2013 for an­oth­er Hunt­ing­ton’s pro­gram, tomin­ersen, which is cur­rent­ly in a Phase II study, and again in 2018 for IgA nephropa­thy and a lead­ing cause of blind­ness known as ge­o­graph­ic at­ro­phy.

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