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Forest Laboratories to Acquire Clinical Data, Inc.

Forest LaboratoriesForest Laboratories, Inc. (Forest) (NYSE: FRX) and Clinical Data, Inc. (Clinical Data) (NASDAQ: CLDA) have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Forest will acquire Clinical Data, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of first-in-class and best-in-category therapeutics,

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Convergence Pharmaceuticals Successfully Launched out of GSK to Focus on Novel High Value Analgesics

Convergence Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a new company focused on the development of novel and high value analgesic medicines, was officially launched and has successfully raised $35.4 million (£22.4 million) in Series A financing from a syndicate of leading European and US life science investors. Convergence Pharmaceuticals is an independent biotechnology company that has acquired clinical assets from GlaxoSmithKline ("GSK").

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Mylan to Acquire Bioniche Pharma Global Injectable Pharmaceuticals Business

Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) has announced plans to acquire Bioniche Pharma Holdings Limited, a privately held, global injectable pharmaceutical company for $550 million in cash.

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Astellas Pharma Inc. to Acquire OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Astellas Pharma Inc.Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503), a global pharmaceutical company, and OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSIP), a biotechnology company primarily focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of molecular targeted therapies addressing medical needs in oncology, diabetes and obesity, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Astellas will acquire OSI.

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ratiopharm to become the hub for Teva's European growth strategy

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.The ratiopharm Group gets a new owner. Subsequent to an extensive bidding process, the Israel-based company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is going to acquire the Ulm based company from Merckle Group's VEM asset management. The agreed enterprise value is € 3.625 billion.

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Johnson & Johnson Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2008 Results

Johnson & Johnson has announced sales for the year 2008 of $63.7 billion, an increase of 4.3% over 2007. Operational growth was 1.9% with currency contributing 2.4%. Domestic sales decreased 0.4%, while international sales increased 9.7%, reflecting operational growth of 4.6% and a positive currency impact of 5.1%. Worldwide sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 were $15.2 billion, a decrease of 4.9% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Johnson & Johnson Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Omrix

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMRI), a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops and markets biosurgical and immunotherapy products, have announced a definitive agreement whereby Omrix will be acquired for approximately $438 million in a cash tender offer.

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