BioSante shares surge on option deal; Alkermes boasts about beefy bydureon royalties;

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> Shares of BioSante surged this morning after it announced that an unnamed pharma company had inked an option deal for use of its antibody production technology. Story

> Alkermes is using its R&D day today to announce that it will reap an 8 percent royalty on the once-weekly bydureon, which is being advanced by Eli Lilly and Amylin. Report

> Aton Pharma has acquired the U.S. marketing rights to Lodosyn (carbidopa) tablets from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Aton release

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