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AstraZeneca and the University of Virginia Sign Strategic Research Collaboration to Develop Novel Treatments for Cardiovascular Disease
Date:12/15/2009

WILMINGTON, Del. and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) and the University of Virginia (UVa) in Charlottesville, today announced that they have entered into a strategic research collaboration to enhance development of new treatments primarily for coronary artery disease (CAD) with a secondary focus on peripheral vascular disease (PAD).

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The collaborative preclinical research projects will focus on identifying disease mechanisms and biological targets that have the potential to be starting points for successful and commercially viable treatments of these diseases, both major causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Atherosclerosis is one of the primary causes of heart diseases, stroke and often death in both men and women in Western Societies. All evidence suggests that this will increase further as risk factors such as poor diet, increased body weight, and a sedentary lifestyle all increase and the prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus reach epidemic proportions globally.

The traditional nonsurgical approach to managing CAD has been through treatment of risk factors such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and others. New and innovative approaches, which act directly on the disease in the vessel wall to slow the progression of, regress, or stabilise the atherosclerotic plaque, could be important, especially when linked to novel biomarkers of vulnerable pla
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