There is certainly no shortage of ambition in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. But does it have the resources and wherewithal to follow through? China already has a substantial contract research industry, and it seems clear, Lowe says, that a Chinese Merck or a Chinese Novartis eventually will exist.

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