Boehringer Adds Yuhan’s First-In-Class Dual Agonist To NASH Portfolio
Yuhan reaches $870m NASH licensing-out deal with Boehringer, touting its competitiveness in the space after earlier alliance with Gilead. The collaboration for first-in-class GLP-1/FGF21 dual agonist is poised to beef up German firm's R&D expertise in cardiometabolic disease.
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