Servier’s Kamoun On Breaking Brain Cancer Barriers By Harnessing Cancer Metabolism
The private French firm’s new global head of R&D oncology spoke with Scrip about its two-pronged oncology strategy and its high hopes for the advanced glioma candidate, vorasidenib, which may improve upon Tibsovo.
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