NeoPhore Enters Immuno-Oncology Fray With DNA-Repair Technology
Emerging company profile: UK-based NeoPhore, founded in 2017, is developing novel cancer therapies based on DNA-repair technology. The company hopes to follow on from Keytruda's success after Merck's drug won a groundbreaking FDA approval last year based on biomarkers rather than tumor location.
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