Array snags $8.5M milestone from Amgen; Alimera raises $40M; Penn investigators tout anti-tau Alzheimer's work;

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> Array BioPharma ($ARRY) has snagged an $8.5 million milestone in its pact with Amgen ($AMGN) covering the small-molecule glucokinase activator program, including AMG 151. Article

> Alimera Sciences is raising $40 million through the sale of stock. Much of that is earmarked for the development and commercialization of Iluvien. Release

> Seattle-based Omeros reports that its lead compound, OMS824, completed all of the preclinical studies that it expects will be necessary for the drug's planned Investigational New Drug Application. Release

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And Finally… Penn Medicine research shows that an anti-tau treatment called epithilone D was effective in preventing and delaying Alzheimer's disease in animal models, improving neuron function and cognition, as well as decreasing tau pathology. Release