Alkermes shares jump on news of another antipsychotic drug program; FDA sets PDUFA date on Orexigen's weight therapy;

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> Shares of Alkermes ($ALKS) popped 6% this morning after the company announced that it is adding a new program for the antipsychotic aripiprazole lauroxil, which is now in late-stage development as a once-monthly product. This new program will develop the therapy to be dosed once every two months. Release

> The FDA has set the PDUFA deadline on Orexigen's ($OREX) weight loss drug Contrave for June 10. Story

> Daiichi Sankyo, Virtici and Celdara Medical have inked a collaboration pact on new drugs. Release

> XTL Biopharmaceuticals ($XTLB) has reached a licensing agreement with Yeda Research and Development Company to develop hCDR1, a Phase II-ready asset for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Release

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> Foundation Medicine teams up with Novartis for cancer diagnostics. Item

> ArthroCare will pay $30M to finally settle up with the feds. Story

> Analysts have high hopes for St. Jude in 2014. Article

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> Teva trumps Endo's offer for patchmaker NuPathe. Is a bidding war next? Story

> Japan files a criminal action against Novartis for 'exaggerated' Diovan advertising Story

> Roche, Teva and AstraZeneca are all said to be in the mix to buy Celltrion Story

> Forest nabs Aptalis for $2.9B in its CEO's latest move toward a turnaround Story

Drug Delivery News

> Gene delivery method 'hijacks' tumor blood vessels. More

> How a single nanoparticle delivers two drugs separately to kill cancer cells. Story

> Durect, Impax tie up for a shingles patch to last 6 times as long as Lidoderm. Article

> Vaccine nanoparticles offer shake-and-bake field delivery. Report

> Armed with cancer drugs, white blood cells become cancer-killing sticky bombs. News

> India to require all changes in delivery to be regulated as a new drug. Item

Diagnostics News

> Metabolon names two new investors in its $15M Series E. More

> Foundation Medicine deepens its Novartis ties with new deal. News

> Maverix Biomics hauls in $6M for gene sequencing software. Item

> The market for noninvasive prenatal tests could triple by 2019, analysts say. Story

> Kindstar partners with Israeli BioView to bring lung cancer Dx to Asia. Report

> SRI bags $4.5M NIH contract to set up metabolomics outpost. Article

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