Emerging Diseases: Disruptive, Commercially Risky, But GSK Has A Solution
GlaxoSmithKline PLC has offered up its new Maryland vaccine research and development center, and its scientists, under the company's proposal to establish a global collaboration for the pursuit of products that are commercially risky, but necessary to address emerging infectious diseases, before a public health crisis strikes.
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