Deal Watch: Takeda Signs Broad Cancer Collaboration With Nektar
Takeda will pair five cancer candidates with different mechanisms of action with Nektar's NKTR-214 and Merck follows up its Phase III disappointment verubecestat by licensing a preclinical Alzheimer's drug from Teijin.
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