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Opportunity Cost: How Alkermes Plans to Survive the Long Winter

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It's been a long and largely unpleasant summer for Alkermes--a major product delay and, thanks to the subsequent stock drop, the cancellation of its acquisition of Reliant and the chance to turn itself into a commercial organization. Now it's cut back on spending--laying off 23% of its workers and, in the process, creating a pipeline gap for the company as it pushes forward with late-stage Vivitrex and slows down on preclinical and early clinical work and giving up the flexibility "to be expansive," says the company's CEO.

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