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Roche Ramps Up Cancer Portfolio With $1.7bn Ignyta Buy

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The Swiss giant's acquisition of Ignyta to get hold of the latter's closely-watched NSCLC drug entrectinib will potentially trigger an intriguing fight for market share in the near future with Loxo Oncology and Bayer's larotrectinib.

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