Tobira/Dong-A Partnership Will Add DPP-4 Inhibitor For NASH Combo Therapy
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
California biotech acquires rights to Suganon, approved for type 2 diabetes in South Korea, while partner Dong-A gets domestic rights to NASH candidate cenicriviroc.
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