A pair of pharma giants inked broad research and drug-discovery collaborations with prominent US research institutions this month, continuing the recent trend of pharmaceutical companies dipping into academic waters to replenish their drug pipelines. 
 
The deals, between GlaxoSmithKline and the Immune Disease Institute, and between Pfizer and the University of California, San Francisco, are similar in their overarching goals but differ in scope.
 

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