Eurand: Oral Drug Delivery Solutions for Big Pharma Problems
Focused on small-molecule oral drug delivery and with a proven technology for solubilizing compounds, Eurand believes it can win the lion's share of a growing market for rescuing insoluble development-stage candidates, while at the same time increasing its percentage of the drugs' profits.
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