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> Biotech billionaire Patrick Soong-Shiong has added a whopping $250 million investment from Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund for NantHealth, which plans to use big data to help transform the way that healthcare is delivered to patients. The company is also adding several execs, including Steve Curd as the new COO. "Our new leadership team has the expertise, relationships and deep knowledge necessary to drive NantHealth forward and make our vision of transforming the healthcare system and delivering truly personalized medicine a reality," said Soon-Shiong in a statement. This new investment brings the company's B round to $320 million. Release

> Shares of the struggling Ariad ($ARIA) got a boost this morning after the Cambridge, MA-based biotech reported that its drug AP26113 won breakthrough drug status at the FDA for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Shares jumped 9%. Release

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