Mad Scientists And Skunkworks Could Bring Back CNS Creativity, TAP Panelists Say
“Everything that applies to pharma in general is magnified in neuroscience because the timelines are compressed and the punishment for failure is greater,” industry consultant Harry Tracy said at the Therapeutic Area Partnerships meeting.
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At least two companies in the neuroscience space are set to deliver potentially good news by year’s end, with other promising candidates in the offing, according to industry consultant Harry Tracy, who compiled a list of the top 10 partnering opportunities in the field for the upcoming Therapeutic Area Partnerships meeting.
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