Regeneron Has Research On The Brain

Even by the standards of the biotech industry, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. is on a particularly daunting quest. It is one of a handful of companies focusing on the body's most complex mechanism, the brain. And it is pursuing treatments for deadly diseases without assurance that ways will be found to escort these drugs through the blood-brain barrier that protects the organ. It might hardly seem worth the effort but for the chance to find miracle cures and someday capture markets worth billions. And except for this: Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer, a neurologist and Regeneron's 40-year-old founder, has a plan to last the long haul.

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