Cell And Gene Therapy Manufacturing: Catalent Snaps Up MaSTherCell
Suitors Attracted To Advanced Medicines Manufacturers
Consolidation and acquisitions among contract manufacturers of cell and gene therapies is a growing trend, as Catalent acquires Belgium- and US-based MaSTherCell Global for $315m, and other cell and gene therapy manufacturers address capacity shortages.
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