Sanofi, Debiopharm Deals Buy ImmunoGen Extra Time
ImmunoGen has turned around two cash-generation deals in a week as it seeks to extend its funding and narrow its focus. It has sold one asset to Debiopharm and foregone future royalties on five products licensed to Sanofi in exchange for an upfront lump sum.
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