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AbbVie and Galapagos to Co-Develop Cystic Fibrosis Therapies
Date:9/24/2013

leads to severe disability and early death in many cases.  Symptoms include frequent lung infections, sinus infections, poor growth, and diarrhea.  The cause is a defect in the gene which encodes for cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a protein which regulates components of sweat, mucus, and digestive juices.  CF affects approximately 70,000 people worldwide.  Patient symptoms are treated with antibiotics and other medicines.  There currently is no cure for the disease, and the predicted median age of survival is in the late 30s.

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AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott.  The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.  In 2013, AbbVie employs approximately 21,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.  For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visit www.abbvie.com.  Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook or LinkedIn page.

About Galapagos 
Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is specialized in novel modes-of-action, with a large pipeline of four clinical, six pre-clinical, and 20 discovery small-molecule and antibody programs in CF, inflammation, antibiotics, metabolic disease, and other indications.

AbbVie and Galapagos signed an agreement in CF where they work collaboratively to develop and commercialize oral drugs that address two mutations in the CFTR gene, the G551D and F508del mutation.  In the field of infl
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