Scrip Asks… What's The Current Climate For Deal-Making? (Part 1)
Following Gilead's acquisition of Kite, buzz grew that the deal might catalyze a surge in deal-making. Scrip asked a broad cross-section of biopharma insiders and observers about the deal-making environment – first up are responses from small biotechs.
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