Analysts wait for final FDA decision on Brilinta; Atlas Genetics raises B round;

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> Analysts and investors are waiting for the FDA to issue its decision on Brilinta, AstraZeneca's big blockbuster hopeful. The analysts at Jefferies, at least, appear skeptical this morning. "We continue to believe that the potential for non-approval of Brilinta is high and that even if approved the product will have a lackluster launch." Release

> Dynavax Technologies Corporation today said that top-line data from its Phase III trial comparing HEPLISAV, an investigational hepatitis B virus vaccine, to a currently marketed HBV vaccine, Engerix-B, demonstrated non-inferiority, superiority and the safety of HEPLISAV. Shares of the biotech, though, dropped 17 percent this morning. Dynavax release

> The U.K.'s Atlas Genetics has completed a 16.9 million round. Release

> Following the EU's approval of Victrelis for hepatitis C Merck and Roche announced plans to expand their non-exclusive marketing pact. Story

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@FiercePharma: Novartis Q2 shines on new meds, cost cuts. Report | Follow @FiercePharma

> Novartis' interest in buying Gen-Probe fizzles, WSJ reports. News

> Emerging markets boost Abbott's Q2 profits. Item

> Teva plans to close Montreal plant. More

Drug Delivery News

> Magnetic nanosponges could ring in a new drug-delivery method. News

> New research might take the shine off gold nanoparticles. Report

> Alnylam, MIT team up for "binary" approach to delivering siRNA. Article

> Pills may replace inhalers in half of asthma cases. Story

Medical Device News

> FDA looks to regulate medical apps. Story

> Reports: Novartis no longer persuing gen-probe. Report

> Nevro completes $58M financing round. Article

> Roche to buy German's mtm for up to $184M. Item

And Finally... A new study reports that although liars can reduce facial actions when under scrutiny, they can't suppress them all. Release

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