Deal Watch: Sanofi, Boehringer Swap Side Businesses
Busy week for AstraZeneca sees buyout of Acerta and acquisition of remaining Daliresp/Daxas worldwide rights from Takeda. Amgen and GSK undo their cancer drug alliances from 2009 and 2010, with all rights reverting to the big biotech.
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