Asia Deal Watch: Astellas Looks To Next-Gen AAV Vectors Despite Gene Therapy Clinical Setbacks
Astellas inks agreement with Dyno Therapeutics for access to its CapsidMap platform for novel AAV vectors. Taiho takes option to Arcus TIGIT-targeted antibody candidates.
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