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Deal-Making Fires Up To Unlock Checkpoint Inhibitors’ Full Potential

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Merck & Co.’s Keytruda is already elbowing its way into the top ten best-selling drugs. But it, and its expanding cohort of competitors, could be much bigger. Companies and investors are scrambling to identify the technology or technologies that can unlock checkpoint inhibitors’ potential in the 70% or more of tumors where they do not currently work. That activity is reflected across 2018’s licensing deals, M&A and financings.

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