Alvine Hopes To Bring The First Celiac Drug To Market With New Partner AbbVie
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Alvine and AbbVie have inked a deal that could allow the larger company to acquire the biotech based on results of a Phase IIb trial for its celiac disease treatment.
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