AstraZeneca/MedImmune Synergies An Advantage In Immune-Mediated Cancer Therapies
AstraZeneca’s ability to combine its small molecules with MedImmune’s biologics gives the company an edge in the burgeoning field of immune-mediated cancer therapies, MedImmune’s oncology iMed chief said in Washington, D.C. April 7 at the AACR annual meeting.
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