Endocyte's ABX Deal To Serve As Springboard For Radioligand Pipeline
Company gains worldwide rights to mid-stage therapy 177Lu-PSMA-617, which would compete with Bayer/Algeta's radiopharmaceutical Xofigo in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
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