Almirall: Adapting Primary-Care-focused R&D to a Specialist World
Late-stage COPD candidate aclidinium could transform mid-sized Almirall. This is what’s exciting the dozen or more analysts that cover such long-acting muscarinic antagonists; it’s the potential $2 billion drug that “could double or treble the size of this company in a very short time,” sums up one analyst. At the same time, the newly-listed company's other challenge is to monetize the fruits of its primary-care-focused R&D in a world that's going specialist.
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