Getting the Bugs Out of Antibiotic R&D: Commercial Implications of a Higher Regulatory Hurdle
It's a gloomy time for antibiotic R&D: higher regulatory hurdles and commercial challenges have forced many companies to leave the market. But a few major players and boutique firms remain committed to the field. What do they see that the rest of the industry is overlooking?
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