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French cancer specialist Innate Pharma can remain independent, for now: CEO

PARIS: France's Innate Pharma believes that its cash position and portfolio are sufficiently robust for the cancer drug company to remain independent for the time being and will seek co-development deals modeled on an agreement struck with AstraZeneca in April. Innate sees its independence as key to delivering optimum shareholder value in a sector characterized by big-money deals as large drugmakers look to acquire new, effective cancer treatments. In August Pfizer announced the $14 billion purchase of Medivation Inc,…