Bridge Biotherapeutics Rebounds After IPF Deal Roller Coaster Ride
Multiple R&D Events This Year
Bridge Biotherapeutics' CEO talks to Scrip about plans for autotaxin inhibitor returned by Boehringer Ingelheim in 2020, as well as other major R&D developments and priorities for this year and beyond.
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