Anacor gets $16M to expand GSK R&D pact; Pharmasset shares boosted by positive hep C data; 4SC touts mid-stage cancer study;

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> Anacor has garnered a $5 million upfront payment and the opportunity to earn an extra $11.3 million in research support and milestones from GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) in exchange for their agreement to expand an R&D collaboration. Through the deal GSK gains the option to extend its rights around the bacterial enzyme target leucyl-tRNA synthetase, as well as to add new programs for tuberculosis and malaria using Anacor's boron chemistry platform. Anacor release

> Shares of Pharmasset got a big boost this morning after the company reported promising mid-stage results for its hepatitis C drug, PSI-7977. All but 2% of the patients in the study had no detectable levels of the virus in their systems after 12 weeks of therapy. Patients received either a 200- or 400-mg dose in the study. Report

> Germany's 4SC AG says its experimental treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma met the primary endpoint in a mid-stage study. One of every three people in the 33-patient study demonstrated a response to the treatment. The biotech says it is currently in talks with potential collaborators. Story

> Japan's Astellas has landed the global rights for one of Evec's preclinical antibody programs for infectious diseases. Astellas release

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And Finally... Scientists from Scripps have produced the first stem cells from endangered species with an eye to making it possible to improve reproduction and genetic diversity for some species. Release