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Novartis provides drug candidate compounds to TB Alliance

NovartisNovartis has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) for compounds to fight tuberculosis (TB) that have been discovered at the Novartis Institutes for Tropical Diseases (NITD).

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United States Department of Justice closes investigation into PLATO clinical trial for Brilinta

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced that it has received confirmation from the United States Department of Justice that it is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with Brilinta (ticagrelor). The government is not planning any further action.

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FDA approves Roche's Avastin plus chemotherapy for treatment of advanced cervical cancer

RocheRoche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Avastin® (bevacizumab) in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan for the treatment of women with persistent, recurrent or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix.(1)

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Sanofi and MannKind announce global licensing agreement for Afrezza® (insulin human) rapid-acting inhaled insulin

SanofiSanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) have entered into a worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza® (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, a new rapid-acting inhaled insulin therapy for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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Allied Minds and Bristol-Myers Squibb form new enterprise

Bristol-Myers SquibbAllied Minds (LSE: ALM) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) have announced the formation of Allied-Bristol Life Sciences LLC, a new jointly owned enterprise created to identify and foster research and pre-clinical development of biopharmaceutical innovations from leading university research institutions across the U.S.

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Roche to acquire Santaris Pharma to expand discovery and development of RNA-targeting medicines

RocheRoche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) has agreed to acquire Santaris Pharma, a privately held biopharmaceutical company based near Copenhagen, Denmark. Santaris Pharma has pioneered its proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) platform that has contributed to an emerging era of RNA-targeting therapeutics.

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Pfizer enters into agreement to acquire Baxter's portfolio of marketed vaccines

PfizerPfizer Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxter International Inc.'s portfolio of marketed vaccines for $635 million. As part of the transaction, Pfizer will also acquire a portion of Baxter's facility in Orth, Austria, where these vaccines are manufactured.

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