Deal Watch: GSK Makes $85m Wager On Surface’s Preclinical NK Cell Therapy
Although SRF813 isn’t likely to reach the clinic until 2021, GSK likes cell therapy’s monotherapy and combination potential. Lilly bids $880m to acquire neurodegenerative cell therapy firm Prevail.
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