Junshi Joins China mRNA Mania Through Immorna JV
Latest Partner For In-Demand Venture
After immuno-oncology, mRNA is fast becoming a hot area in China as a flurry of biotechs from I-Mab to Kangtai partner with a little-known developer.
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