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Pfizer (PFE) has agreed to acquire Arena Pharmaceuticals  (ARNA) in a $6.7 billion all-cash deal to expand its cancer and inflammatory disease treatment pipeline, Reuters writes. This is the latest deal Pfizer has struck this year to expand after spending about $2.2 billion last month to acquire immuno-oncology company Trillium Therapeutics to strengthen its arsenal of blood cancer therapies. Arena is developing several treatments for gastroenterology, dermatology, and cardiology. Its lead candidate, etrasimod, is being tested in a late-stage study in ulcerative colitis, as well as a mid- to late-stage study in Crohn’s disease.

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