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strategic alliance

A legal agreement between two distinct organisations that provides for sharing resources collaboratively in pursuit of a mutually beneficial goal.Strategic alliance agreements are common in the biotechnology sector, where large pharmaceutical organisations sponsor research activities at small, often start-up, research companys.  These small organisations often excel in a particular research discipline, but lack the sales, marketing and distribution resources to bring their innovations to...