Auspex Pharma nails down $25M in D round; Merck gets standard FDA review for sleep drug;

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> Auspex Pharmaceuticals in La Jolla, CA, which plans to enter late-stage development with a lead compound for Huntington's disease, has reeled in $25 million from a Series D round of financing with lead backer Panorama Capital joined by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, CMEA Capital and Sloan Biotech Fund. Release

> The Belgian biotech Galapagos revealed evidence of safety and efficacy from a Phase IIa study of its JAK1 inhibitor GLPG0634 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. News

> The FDA has granted Merck ($MRK) a standard review for its experimental sleep drug, suvorexant, and accepted the company's New Drug Application. Release

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