Deal Watch: AbbVie Adds Neuroscience Heft With Syndesi Acquisition
AbbVie pays $130m up front with up to $870m in earnout potential for UCB spinout focused on SV2A modulators. BioNTech gets rights to preclinical TCR candidates for solid tumors from Medigene.
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