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March 25, 2013
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  • Report: 465 chronic-disease drugs are under development
    The U.S. biopharmaceutical industry is developing 465 new drugs that target the top 10 chronic diseases affecting individuals 65 and older, according to a Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America report. The lineup includes 40 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 48 for heart failure, 82 for Alzheimer's, 92 for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and 142 for diabetes. Other treatments under development target osteoporosis, cataracts, depression and chronic kidney disease. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • J&J threatens to put a wrinkle in Botox's dominance
    Johnson & Johnson expects to receive FDA approval next year for a wrinkle-reducing injection similar to Allergan's Botox. Allergan already faces competition from Valeant's Dysport and Merz's Xeomin, but it has an 85% market share. Reuters (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alimera again submits DME drug Iluvien for U.S. approval
    Alimera Sciences plans to resubmit Iluvien, a drug candidate for chronic diabetic macular edema, for FDA approval by the end of this month. Alimera licensed the drug from pSivida. The application will highlight the drug's safety profile and will focus on chronic DME patients who don't respond satisfactorily to existing treatments. The drug has been approved in the U.K., Germany, France and several other European countries. In 2011, the FDA requested additional trials. (Australia) (3/25), Australian Life Scientist (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Report: 10 cellulosic fuel plants could go online through 2014
    At least 10 commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plants are expected to go online through next year, according to a report from a pair of researchers at the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. The projects include a Sundrop Fuels facility in Alexandria, La., and a KiOR project in Natchez, Miss. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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