Cardiovascular Drug Start-Ups
This article was originally published in Start Up
The cardiovascular drug marketplace has the dubious distinction of being the largest therapeutic category in terms of revenue, unmet need and mortality, while at the same time being the only area experiencing decreasing growth. Revenues will start to plummet starting in 2012 when the world's two largest CV drugs--Lipitor and Plavix--go generic. To help pharmas replace these and other aging drugs in their pipelines, Windhover's Therapeutic Alliances conference presents the "top 10" unpartnered clinical-stage cardiovascular programs.
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