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Roche Said to Seek Financing for Possible Alexion Acquisition

Roche Holding AG is seeking billions of dollars in financing for a potential takeover of orphan-drug maker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., people with knowledge of the situation said.

Roche, the world’s largest maker of cancer medicines, has been in contact with Cheshire, Connecticut-based Alexion on and off for months, said another person, who asked not to be named because the process is private. There is no guarantee a deal will happen.