GSK Spending Spree Continues With Sosei Heptares Pact
Deal Covers Candidates For IBD
Having just entered into drug discovery partnerships with Surface Oncology and Adrestia, GSK is paying £34m upfront to team up with Sosei Heptares to evaluate treatments for gastrointestinal immune disorders.
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