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UCB: buys US epilepsy specialist Engage Therapeutics

( - Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB on Friday announced the acquisition of Engage Therapeutics, a New Jersey-based clinical-stage firm that specialises in epilepsy, for 125 million dollars in cash.

Engage is developing Staccato Alprazolam, an investigational drug designed to be used as a single-use epileptic seizure rescue therapy that combines a small, hand-held inhaler device with a benzodiazepine.

The product could be a potential solution for 20%-30% of epilepsy patients, UCB pointed out.

UCB said up the deal could include up to 145 million dollars in further potential milestone payments related to the development of Staccato Alprazolam.

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