BRIEF-AstraZeneca CEO targets narrower R&D focus after revamp

LONDON, March 18 Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:10am EDT

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LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca PLC CEO Pascal Soriot, in interview with Reuters: * CEO says prime focus of drug research and development will be oncology,

cardiovascular/metabolism and respiratory/inflammation * CEO says will be less investment in future on anti-infectives and

neuroscience * CEO says M&A will focus on rebuilding pipeline in key therapy areas * CEO says large-scale M&A not a priority, can return company to growth without

major acquisition * CEO says hopes current research and development overhaul is last substantial

restructuring of company