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Big Pharma Finds New Pipeline Source: Each Other

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As Big Pharma's pipeline crunch continues, so does competition for late-stage licensing opportunities, driving up late-stage deal values. A notable trend behind these rising values is a spate of Big Pharma cross-licensing deals.

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