Merck & Co. Looks To Artiva’s Off-The-Shelf Cell Therapy Technologies
Deal Snapshot: Pharma places $30m upfront wager on biotech’s allogeneic natural killer cell and chimeric antigen receptor technologies, with hopes for solid tumor cell therapies.
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