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Building the New Generation of Drugs in Neurodegeneration

Executive Summary

Neurodegenerative diseases have emerged as one of the toughest and potentially most attractive frontiers in specialty drug development. Companies interested in the NDD space have the option of pursuing several strategies: disease-modifying therapies, symptom management therapies, or a hybrid approach, in which symptom-modifying drugs provide near-term revenues but also have longer-term potential for disease modification. Given the extraordinary difficulty associated with producing a successful disease-modifying new therapy, drugs aimed at treating symptoms are likely to dominate the NDD space for years. Licensors are rewarding developers with promising symptom modification programs with attractive deals.

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