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Biohaven strikes a deal to take TYK2 drugs in a new direction

March 22, 2023

Can a promising new way of treating common immune diseases like psoriasis also work for disorders of the brain and nervous system?

Biohaven, a biotechnology company rebooted after a 2022 sale to Pfizer, aims to find out, announcing Wednesday a deal to license a so-called TYK2 inhibitor from Chinese drugmaker Hangzhou Highlightll Pharmaceutical.

As their moniker implies, TYK2 inhibitors block a protein of the same name that’s proven to be an important node in inflammatory signaling between cells.

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