Repertoire Launches To Turn Immune System Insights Into T-Cell Therapies, Vaccines
Flagship Pioneering combined Torque Therapeutics and Cogen Immune Medicines, which have raised more than $220m, into Repertoire Immune Medicines with an autologous T-cell therapy being studied in a Phase I trial.
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