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Astex Cashes in with metaGen

Executive Summary

Astex Technology's takeover of Schering AG spin-out metaGen Pharmaceuticals provides the Cambridge-based firm with more cash, a stronger relationship with a pharmaceutical partner, complementary technology assets, and, potentially, an improved preclinical pipeline. MetaGen investors inch closer to an exit by trading stakes in an early-stage, unfloatable company for a piece of a more mature, well-funded firm several steps closer to an IPO.

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