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Ariad Gets First Foreign Patents in Europe, Japan

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Ariad Pharmaceuticals has been granted its first foreign patents--in Europe and Japan. They cover novel genes that encode for proteins that bind to Ariad’s small-molecule drugs and control cellular activity through regulated gene transcription and protein secretion.

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