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February 1, 2013
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  • 2012 was good, but not great, for biotech VC
    Upfront deal values for venture capital-backed biotech mergers and acquisitions totaled about $3.5 billion last year, which is lower than in 2011 but better than 2008 to 2010, according to data from HBM Partners. Total annual VC-backed private acquisitions have held steady since 2005. The time period from founding to trade sale appears to have risen from about five years in 2005 to nine years in 2012, notes Atlas Venture partner Bruce Booth. Forbes (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Combo-drug-makers petition FDA on exclusivity period
    Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences have petitioned the FDA to change how market exclusivity is granted for combination drugs. The agency grants five years' exclusivity if all active compounds in a combination drug are new and three years' exclusivity otherwise. The drugmakers say combination drugs are the same as new drugs and should be treated accordingly. Blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Orphan drug applications skyrocket as Big Pharma carves out niche
    Rare diseases are attracting renewed interest as multinational drugmakers seek to take advantage of easier approval pathways and high prices for orphan drugs. Firms including Sanofi, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKlein are working on or have already secured approval for drugs that treat rare conditions. The progress in understanding the molecular base for these diseases has also spurred drugmakers' interest. The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companion diagnostics change cancer drug development
    Qiagen filed its application for FDA approval of a test for epidermal growth factor receptor in lung tumors simultaneously with Boehringer Ingelheim's request for approval of a drug that targets the gene mutation. Diagnostic tests help clinicians determine whether drugs that target specific gene mutations will work in individual patients, but insurers hesitate to reimburse diagnostics in the absence of proof that they improve drug efficacy. When tests are developed and approved in tandem with drugs, reimbursement is more likely, says Qiagen’s Stephen Little. Xconomy/Boston (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • Biotech crops drive up Burkina Faso's cotton production, producers said
    Burkina Faso's cotton output surged by 57.5% for the year ending in January due to increased use of biotech crops, according to the Burkina National Cotton Producers' Union. Burkina Faso cleared Monsanto's biotech cotton in 2008, making it one of the first African countries to do so. "Genetically modified cotton production is experiencing growth every year," UNPCB president Karim Traore said. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Court ruling does not weaken RFS, legal experts say
    The recent court ruling that vacated the cellulosic portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard's 2012 volumetric targets will not have a major impact on the standard, write Jody M. Endres and A. Bryan Endres, law professors at University of Illinois. Although the court found fault in the Environmental Protection Agency's approach of favoring overestimation of output volumes, "the RFS itself, and EPA's general methodology of establishing both advanced and cellulosic biofuel projections, both survived" the legal challenge, they state. Farmdoc Daily (University of Illinois) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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