Asia Deal Watch: Athenex Changes Mind, Gets Back Chinese Rights To Actinic Keratosis Candidate
Following a positive Phase III data readout for KX2-391, Athenex requests dissolution of its recent deal conferring rights to the drug in China to Chongqing Jingdong Junzhuo. TaiwanJ licenses Asian rights outside its home market for JK-122 to Newsoara.
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