Advinus looks to license diabetes product; Seattle Genetics expecting big 2010;

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> Now that its type II diabetes-treating molecule has finished initial trials, Advinus Therapeutics is pushing for Phase II trials and may license out the molecule to other drugmakers. Advinus has high hopes for the molecule, CEO Rashmi Barbhaiya told India Times. So far, the drug seems to have higher efficacy and safety than other drugs on the market. Story

> As Seattle Genetics awaits results from three key leukemia and lymphoma trials, analysts believe 2010 will be a big year for the company. Item

> Cibus Global, a San Diego-based company, has secured $1.2 million in funding out of a targeted $2.6 million. The funding will be used to further crop biotechnology. Article

> Sigmapharm Laboratories has applied to manufacture a generic version of Gilead Sciences' hepatits B drug, Hepsera. Gilead has 45 days to file a patent infringement suit against Sigmapharm, who alleged two of the company's patents are unenforceable. News

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