NEW YORK, March 12 - CuraGen and Alexion Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday said they have signed a deal to discover and validate cancer-related biologic and small-molecule drug targets.

Terms of the multi-year agreement, which may grow in the future to include other diseases, call for CuraGen to apply its functional genomic technologies to help Alexion identify drug targets from data the biotech company will provide.

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