The I/O 2.0-combo tech race is on: Merck bags oncolytics player Viralytics in $394M buyout
Last spring the small Australian biotech Viralytics made a big splash at the annual AACR meeting, turning up in the showcase spot with an intriguing snapshot of the positive data their oncolytics therapy Cavatak was registering in the clinic.
This morning Merck $MRK — already loosely allied in a supply deal with Viralytics for their PD-1 star Keytruda — followed up by gobbling the whole company, bagging the biotech in a $394 million buyout as the leaders in the checkpoint race branch out with new deals for combination approaches.
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