Merck KGaA/SFJ's Abituzumab Evaluated For Left-Sided Metastatic Colon Cancer
SFJ Pharmaceuticals has taken on the late-stage clinical development of Merck KGaA's previously stalled MAb abituzumab, sharing the financial risk and evaluating patients with left-sided colorectal cancer.
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