Sidley is representing Incyte (NASDAQ: INCY) in its agreement to acquire Villaris Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antibody therapeutics. The company’s lead asset, an antibody called auremolimab, is expected to enter clinical development in 2023. The acquisition will complement Incyte’s existing inflammation and autoimmunity portfolio with potential applications for auremolimab beyond dermatology. Villaris was founded in 2019 by Medicxi and John Harris, M.D., Ph.D. Medicxi is a healthcare-focused investment firm with the mission to create and invest in companies across the full drug development continuum.
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