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September 25, 2012
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  • BIO raises concerns about audit of FDA drug review process
    A draft requirement that an audit of the drug review process be subject to revision based on FDA feedback raises concerns that other stakeholders could be closed out of the feedback process, BIO and PhRMA told the agency in comments on the draft. Steps should be taken to ensure the independence of the auditor, according to BIO's feedback to the agency. FDAnews/The QMN Weekly Bulletin (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Valeant buys QLT's eye drug Visudyne for $112.5M
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals acquired QLT's Visudyne, a treatment for abnormal growth of leaky blood vessels in the eye because of wet age-related macular degeneration. Valeant paid $112.5 million for U.S. rights, available inventory and royalty rights outside the country. Drug Store News (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amgen's bone drug Xgeva works against giant-cell tumor in study
    Amgen's osteoporosis treatment Xgeva, or denosumab, elicited tumor response in 86% of patients with giant-cell tumor of the bone during a midstage study. The drug, also marketed as Prolia, cut the proportion of densely cellular RANKL-positive tumor stromal cells in the tumor region and replaced them with new bone in 65% of patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stem cells in blood play role in intestines
    Stem cells called endothelial colony-forming cells are capable of traveling to the intestine and adding to the cell populations there, indicating that they could help treat inflammatory bowel disease, researchers reported in the journal Hepatology. The blood, bone marrow and cord blood contain endothelial colony-forming cells. Yahoo!/Asian News International (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Developments 
  • Saudi government invests $93M in biotechnology projects
    The Saudi government has spent more than $93 million on biotechnology research in the past three years, said Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al-Saud, the chief of research at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, during a biotech conference in Riyadh. Al-Saud added that KACST is collaborating with several local and international groups to develop biotechnology in the country. (Jordan) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Scientists study biofuel potential of sweet sorghum
    Scientists at the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service say sweet sorghum has attributes that make it a good feedstock for biofuels. Sweet sorghum can tolerate parched conditions and requires minimal nitrogen fertilizer, making it a promising bioenergy crop for drought-prone areas, the ARS's Scott Sattler and Jeff Pedersen said. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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