Tomorrow’s CRO Steps Into The Real World
Last year, 187 deals took place in the pharma services realm, each one molding the acquisitive company into a slightly different shape to reflect the current needs of the pharmaceutical industry. One imperative continued to drive more large deals than all others: data.
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In an exclusive interview, Alexion R&D head John Orloff takes In Vivo on a tour around the company’s rejuvenated pipeline and explains how the business is innovating to pre-empt the Soliris-shaped hole in its balance sheet.
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