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International business negotiations news: Roche and Merck reveal new partnership

Roche and Merck will work together to develop new treatments and diagnostics for hepatitis C.

19 May 2011

Pharmaceuticals giants Roche and Merck have concluded international business negotiations which will see them work together on a new joint venture on treatments and diagnostics for hepatitis C.

The move will see researchers from both firms collaborating to examine combinations of investigational and marketed drugs to boost the availability of new drugs for patients with the disease.

As part of the agreement, Roche will promote Victrelis to doctors as part of a triple combination therapy strategy and the two organisations will work together to better educate physicians and patients on the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.

Adam Schechter, executive vice-president and president, Global Human Health, Merck, said such an alliance is in the best interests of both firms.

"These agreements are consistent with both companies' goal of improving healthcare outcomes for patients with chronic hepatitis C," he added.

International business negotiations involving GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and the University of Manchester saw an agreement reached to build the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research to advance research on inflammatory diseases and develop remedies to tackle them.

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