Vision Failure Means End Of The Road For Oxurion
Disappointing data from a trial of the last remaining drug in its pipeline means that the Belgium group formerly known as ThromboGenics is closing its doors after more than 30 years.
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Money may have become too tight to mention for many biotechs and the IPO window in Europe is not just shut but boarded up. However, big pharma’s need to replenish the pipeline has become urgent and the major players are looking to tap into the continent’s early-stage companies which are driving innovation and provide them with much-needed cash.