Isis Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has teamed with Biogen Idec to develop antisense-based drugs for neurological and neuromuscular disorders.

Isis will receive an upfront payment of $30 million, and is responsible for discovering a lead antisense drug for three undisclosed targets. Isis will be responsible for developing the drugs through phase II testing, and Biogen Idec will have the option to license the compounds until this point.

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