Fortune's David Ewing Duncan asks whether a "marriage between pharma and biotech will create more drugs." Pharmaceutical companies, he notes, "are struggling to replenish research development pipelines," whereas biotech firms "have the best ideas for new drugs but are constantly short of cash." But as of the Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting in Chicago last week, he says, the two are coming together.

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