I doubt Merck will allow the chair to be "kicked out from under neath it"..I think Merk of all is in the hot seat here,They can't sit back and let the spoils go to someone else?.Or do they get the jump or the rest of the field and buy the potential now to own the later product later...hummm
Phizer, only because, I think I heard "Phizer" mentioned somewhere in one of the webcasts on you tube... I can't say for sure who it will be, but it may as well be one of the giants with loads of cash and resources already in place. Or it may be others for all I know... I do like Novartis since their work is closely related as well as their geographic locations. It's to hard for me to pick the next partnership. I hope it becomes a bidding war and a fight over who will win it, drive up the price. Make it like an auction. Goes to highest bidder. Except we're not selling antiques.