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Epizyme Builds A Cancer Company At Mach Speed

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Epizyme’s recent alliance with Celgene validates industry’s interest in histone methyltransferase inhibitors, a kinase-like class of epigenetic enzymes. Celgene’s willingness to cede US rights in return for access to preclinical assets belies HMTs’ novelty and helps to position Epizyme for potential success as a US-focused oncology company. Despite the strong start, it won’t be easy.

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