How Much Is A Priority Review Worth? $67.5 Million, Sanofi/Regeneron Say
Companies’ decision to purchase and redeem BioMarin’s priority review voucher for their PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab sets the first public benchmark for a voucher’s value and shows the potential advantages to be gained for sponsors in a race to market.
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