Disappointed, Yes, But Roivant's Not Roiled By Axovant's Alzheimer's Failure
Axovant's stock fell 74% based on intepirdine's Phase III failure, but parent company Roivant recently raised $1.1bn, showing that investors were willing to fund more new Vants regardless of the risky study's outcome.
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