Boehringer gets priority review for lung cancer drug; Astex and Cancer Research UK partner on PhI;

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> The FDA has agreed to provide a priority review for Boehringer Ingelheim's cancer drug afatinib, now under review for non-small cell lung cancer. Release

> Astex Pharmaceuticals in Dublin, CA, and Cancer Research UK have begun a Phase I study of AT13148, which has shown promise for shutting down a number of enzymes that control cancer cell growth. Release

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