Shedding Earlier Fears, Pharma Takes A Fresh Look At Cell, Gene Therapies
The early successes enjoyed by new autologous, cell-based cancer therapies, as well as new advances in gene therapy and regenerative medicine, have reignited interest at Big Pharma in these advanced treatments, said partnering executives at the recent Therapeutic Area Partnerships meeting in Boston.
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