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Lexington’s Shire HGT looks to develop therapy for rare eye disorder in infants

Shire HGT, of Lexington, will seek to help develop a therapy to treat a rare eye disorder in infants, thanks to an acquisition by its Irish parent company.

The Irish drug company Shire PLC said Tuesday that it has acquired a Swedish company with promising therapy for the disorder. The Swedish company, Premacure AB, is developing a protein replacement therapy to prevent retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP, a potentially blinding disorder that primarily affects premature infants. It is one of the most common causes of vision loss in childhood.

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