Archemix inks IP deal with Ribomic; Cytori to raise $17M;

> Archemix says it will earn a $6 million upfront payment from Ribomic in exchange for a license to certain IP property rights to develop aptamers against multiple targets. Archemix is also eligible to receive more than $200 million in milestone payments. Archemix release

> Cytori Therapeutics says it plans to raise approximately $17 million from a private placement financing led by Olympus Corporation with participation from select institutional investors. Cytori release

> Centocor says the FDA has extended the review timeline for the Biologic License Application for ustekinumab by three months to December 2008. Centocor release

> An independent data monitoring group says that Affymax should continue its late-stage trials of Hematide. Story

> Chromos Molecular Systems has entered into an agreement with Calyx Bio-Ventures and Modatech Systems agreeing to affect a plan of arrangement. Chromos release

> Sound Pharmaceuticals has received FDA notification that it may proceed with its Phase II study to prevent chemotherapy induced hearing loss. Release

> Biogen and Elan--along with proponents of preemption--were dealt a setback today as a federal judge declined to transfer a case from Massachusetts to a federal court in Iowa. Report

> An Irish man's death has prompted calls for doctors to suspend Lipitor use when treating patients with certain antibiotics. Lipitor report

> If the government says cancer drugs aren't worth the cost, then what? Ask drugmakers to cut their prices. Report

> We all know the challenges pharma faces: generic competition, patent expirations, sluggish pipelines, pricing pressures. Or do we? A new study suggests that the huge volume of uninsured and underinsured people may be seriously cutting into drugmakers' sales. Report

> Prices have ballooned by 100 percent or more for a growing number of drugs, according to a new study. Report

And Finally... Indonesian health officials are working to determine if 13 newly hospitalized patients in the country were infected with bird flu. Report