NEW YORK, Oct. 16 – German biotech company atugen and AstraZeneca plan to use atugen’s GeneBloc technology to enhance target validation and drug development in an undisclosed number of “major disease areas” of interest to AstraZeneca.

Terms of the deal call for Berlin-based atugen to retain all rights to specific GeneBlocs it develops for the drugs giant and will have an option to license certain intellectual property generated in the collaboration, according to a statement.

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