Bioverativ Fills Gap In Pipeline With $400m True North Buy
Bioverativ revealed its first transaction since spinning out from Biogen with the acquisition of True North for $400m plus up to $425m in milestone payments. The deal gives Bioverativ a clinical asset, helping to fill the gap between preclinical programs and commercial products in its R&D pipeline.
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