The Hindu Business Line  2 hrs ago  Comment 
HLL Biotech, a subsidiary of HLL Lifecare, has become the first public sector undertaking to launch cost-effective pentavalent vaccine (Pentahil) and Hepatitis B (Hivac-B) vaccine.  4 hrs ago  Comment 
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Spark Therapeutics, at work on one-time treatments for rare diseases, pulled off a $161 million IPO, pricing above its range and keeping biotech's Wall Street hot streak rolling.
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Leonard Bell, M.D., is retiring as CEO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the rare disease-focused biotech he launched as principal founder in 1992 and headed ever since—but will remain as chairman of the board, the company said today. Alexion’s...
The Hindu Business Line  Jan 29  Comment 
Shantha Biotechnics, a Sanofi company, is setting up an insulin manufacturing unit at its premises here. The Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, formally laid the foundation stone for th...


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