6/20/2014 7:09:10 AM
Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ISIS), a maker of gene therapy treatments, may seek to expand use of an experimental drug targeting triglycerides to fight heart disease, a move an analyst says could add $2 billion in sales.
The drug targets the APOC3 gene and is now aimed solely at a rare disease that’s linked to diabetes and pancreatitis and affects about 5,000 people. Two studies this week, however, have also tied the gene to lower risk of heart disease, an illness that kills 600,000 people yearly, a much larger target.
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