Deal Watch: Altimmune Moves Into NASH With Purchase Of Spitfire
Currently focused on HBV, Altimmune gets preclinical NASH candidate that offers dual agonism of GLP-1 and glucagon receptors. Nimbus expands alliance with Celgene into IO, Merck & Co. partners with Skyhawk.
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