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Atugen Reaches Nine Milestones in Schering Target Validation Deal

NEW YORK, May 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Atugen said today that it reached nine milestones under its target validation research deal with German drug maker Schering and its US subsidiary, Berlex Biosciences.


According to Atugen, it received milestone payments on nine of Scheing's cancer drug targets that were validated by Atugen using its proprietary gene-silencing technologies since the companies began working together in 2002.


Financial terms of the arrangement, which an Atugen spokeswoman said has now been completed, are undisclosed.



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