Roche inks $308.6M col­lab­o­ra­tion deal with Lead Phar­ma, fo­cus­ing on im­mune-me­di­at­ed dis­ease

Roche is wad­ing deep­er in­to the field of im­mune-me­di­at­ed dis­ease with a €260 mil­lion ($308.6 mil­lion) col­lab­o­ra­tion deal with Nether­lands-based biotech Lead Phar­ma.

The gi­ant phar­ma is putting down €10 mil­lion ($11.8 mil­lion) up­front to work with Lead over the next few years on re­search­ing a small mol­e­cule can­di­date that in­hibits por­tions of the T helper 17 (TH17) cell path­way, which could treat a va­ri­ety of au­toim­mune dis­eases. Once a pre­clin­i­cal can­di­date is cho­sen, it’ll be up to Roche to de­vel­op and com­mer­cial­ize it.

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