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Galenica has agreed to buy U.S. biotech firm Relypsa for $1.53 billion in cash to strengthen its Vifor Pharma unit ahead of splitting up the Swiss healthcare group.
Forbes  Jul 20  Comment 
You could be excused for thinking biotech is entering the summer doldrums. But those who took a few days off the grid will discover they’ve missed quite a bit. Money is continuing to flow like a river after a rainstorm: The median deal size...
Motley Fool  Jul 20  Comment 
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is packed with potential, and it's on sale -- so this Fool decided to take advantage.
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MarketWatch  Jul 19  Comment 
Shares of Zafgen Inc. plummeted in the extended session Tuesday after the tiny biotech company said it was shifting resources from one of its obesity drug candidates to another more promising one. Zafgen shares fell 41% to $4.01 after hours. The...  Jul 19  Comment 
The Labour leadership candidate headed UK corporate affairs for Amgen in 2008, while it was under investigation in the US for risking patient safety Owen Smith, who now faces Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership battle, worked as a lobbyist in...  Jul 19  Comment 
Tiziana Life Sciences says prevalence of centenarians in Ogliastra region of Italian island is almost 50 times that of UK or US A British biotech company hopes a genetic study of a unique population of centenarians in eastern Sardinia could help...


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