Astellas U.S. Priorities Are Oncology Expansion, BD – President Robinson
Astellas Pharma US expects oncology will account for 40% of sales in three years, becoming its top business segment – significant growth for a company that just four years ago had no commercial presence in oncology. The plans rely heavily on Xtandi, suggesting it might be time to ramp up business development activity.
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