Actelion nominates pharma vets to the board; Investigators tout positive data on preterm births;

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> Actelion has nominated two Big Pharma vets for its board as it tries to stare down an attempt by its biggest investor to gain control of the company with a rebel slate of its own directors. Ex-GSK CEO Jean-Pierre Garnier and Robert Bertolini, the former CFO at Schering-Plough, are up for election to the board. Story

> Columbia Labs and Watson Pharmaceuticals are touting the results of a late-stage study of a vaginal gel which reduced the number of preterm births among women with a short cervical length. Story

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