Acura receives $20M milestone from Pfizer; Feuerstein: Seattle Genetics is biotech's next big thing;

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> Acura Pharmaceuticals has received a $20 million milestone payment from Pfizer, thanks to the FDA approval of Pfizer's NDA for Oxecta. The drug uses Acura's AVERSION technology to dissuade opioid abuse. Acura release

> Adam Feuerstein explains why Seattle Genetics is the next big thing in biotech in a video for TheStreet. Video

> Bothell, WA-based SCOLR Pharma has announced the final closing of its private placement of 8 percent senior secured convertible debentures, raising $1.2 million. SCOLR release

> Inovio Pharmaceuticals has been appointed Dr. Avtar Dhillon the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dhillon was made the Executive Chairman of the Board in 2009. Inovio release

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