Adrian Adams tapped to run Auxilium, Anido out; Franco retires from the helm at Dara;

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> Adrian Adams (photo), a well-known biotech exec who helmed Neurologix and Inspire Pharmaceuticals, has been brought in as the new CEO of Malvern, PA-based Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ($AUXL). He's replacing Armando Anido, who stepped down after "discussions with the company's board." Auxilium release

> Richard Franco, 70, has announced plans to retire from his position as CEO of Dara BioSciences. News

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> HHS chief smacks down FDA's Plan B decision. Report

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> LigoCyte posts positive results from norovirus vaccine trial. Item

Manufacturing News

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> Samsung, Biogen Idec team on biosimilars. Story

> Pfizer briefs NJ public on Superfund site cleanup. Item

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