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Chiron Buys Firm to Develop Prion Test

September 01, 2004|From Reuters

Chiron Corp., the No. 2 maker of flu vaccines, said Tuesday that it bought closely held Prion Solutions Inc. as it worked to develop a test that could be used to screen blood donations for a protein linked to mad cow disease.

Terms weren't disclosed.

Prion Solutions, based in La Jolla, focuses on research into variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other diseases related to the prion, a protein particle.

Emeryville, Calif.-based Chiron said technology developed by Prion Solutions complemented its research to screen blood donations for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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