Deal Watch: As J.P. Morgan Waits For New Deals, Sanofi Takes Care Of Old Business
Alder ended a patent dispute with Teva with a deal that will enable it to take its Phase III migraine candidate forward, while Sanofi restructures pair of partnerships with Alnylam and Regeneron heading into the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference – where despite a flow of mid-stage deals, stakeholders are hoping US tax reform means bigger deals to come.
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