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February 8, 2013
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  • Amgen plans launch of blockbusters' biosimilars in 4 years
    Amgen intends to commercialize biosimilar versions of six of the biggest-selling biologic drugs including Humira and Remicade, the main rivals of its own rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel, starting in 2017, CEO Robert Bradway said. The biotech firm sees biosimilars as a multi-billion dollar opportunity, and it expects to become a major player in the market once the approval pathway is finalized. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Sequester could slow or stop FDA reviews, analyst warns
    FDA operations will be limited by budget sequestration if lawmakers don't move to stop an 8.2% automatic cut before March 1, the consulting firm Avalere Health warned. "An underfunded FDA could lead to FDA review clocks being reset or delayed, which would affect a sponsor's ability to obtain product approval -- thus delaying patient access to cutting edge medical innovations," Avalere said in its report. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stem cells survive being "printed" in 3D pattern
    Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland developed a three-dimensional printer that can gently place living stem cells in uniform droplets, a step toward the possible construction of tissues and organs. More than 95% of the cells were alive a day following printing and more than 89% were alive after three days while maintaining a marker for pluripotency. The findings were reported in the journal Biofabrication. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Ironwood goes old-school with focus on long term
    Instead of focusing on a rare disease and trying to make itself an attractive buyout target as many other biopharmaceutical companies are doing, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is staffing up and marketing a drug with blockbuster potential. Ironwood and its partner, Forest Laboratories, have skipped television ads in favor of an Internet search engine optimization strategy and are talking with payers to ensure reimbursement and low patient copays. Xconomy/Boston (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BioAegis raises $3 million
    A funding round has brought in $3 million for biotech startup BioAegis Therapeutics. The company plans to file an investigational new-drug application with the FDA and launch a Phase IIb/III study of human plasma gelsolin, a natural human protein, in preventing the spread of inflammation resulting in multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in intensive care units. American City Business Journals/Boston/bioflash blog/Mass High Tech (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food & Agriculture 
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Report: Innovations are needed to boost biomass availability
    Improvements in feedstock development and production are needed to keep up with the growing demand for biomass supplies, according to a report by Lux Research. "[M]eeting the growing challenge will require feedstock innovations such as crop modification, new value chain configurations, and agronomic technology improvements like irrigation and biosensors," said Lux Research analyst Kalib Kersh in a statement. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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