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27 Apr 2011

Lilly & Medtronic Team up on Parkinson's Treatment

Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday that it is working with Eli Lilly & Co. on a treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Eli Lilly has signed up for a new collaboration with Medtronic that will marry its biologic approach to treating Parkinson's with a new drug delivery system for the brain. And their partnership earned an endorsement from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has been funding work in the field.


Lilly plans to use Medtronic's implantable drug infusion system to pump a modified form of glial cell derived neurotrophic factor directly into targeted regions in the brain. "We believe we have biosynthetically engineered this GDNF variant to overcom

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