Mark C. Fishman (right) and Glenn Dranoff (left) are leading the Novartis cancer immunotherapy push.

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Mark C. Fishman (right) and Glenn Dranoff (left) are leading the Novartis cancer immunotherapy push.

Novartis’s cancer focus is immune system

“We’re trying to educate the immune system to recognize cancer cells as foreign. Our goal is to cure cancer,” said the company’s global research chief. By Robert Weisman

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