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Merck, Medarex, and UMass Med's MBL Strike Deal for C. Difficile mAbs

Merck, Medarex, and Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories of the University of Massachusetts Medical School said this week that they have entered into a licensing agreement for a pair of human monoclonal antibodies for treating Clostridium difficile infections.

Under the terms of the agreement, Merck gains exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize the mAb combination CDA-1 and CDB-1, which were co-developed by Medarex and MBL.

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02
Sponsored by
ACD

This webinar will discuss the use of digital spatial profiling to test a gene therapy for CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD), a rare X-linked neurodevelopmental disease that causes severe seizures, global developmental delay, and limits a patient’s ability to communicate.

Sep
03
Sponsored by
Illumina

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Sep
17
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

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