ViiV’s Visibility Grows And Pressure Mounts For What Comes Next
GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV-focused business unit is growing leaps and bounds, while the company’s other pharmaceutical sales slump. ViiV CEO Dominique Limet talked in an interview about the increased pressure success brings and how ViiV intends to keep delivering.
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