Boehringer, Priaxon extend 86M euro cancer discovery pact; Blueprint names Sanofi vet as new CSO;

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> Two years after striking their original partnership, Boehringer Ingelheim and Germany's Priaxon have extended their cancer drug discovery partnership, which entails 86 million euros in potential milestones. Release

> Blueprint Medicines has recruited Sanofi's ($SNY) oncology drug discovery chief as its new chief scientific officer. Christoph Lengauer will be in charge of the biotech's research efforts on personalized cancer drugs. Release

> New research indicates that the prostate-shrinking drug dutasteride could slow or even stop prostate cancer at an early stage of development, offering a therapeutic approach to replace surgery and radiation. Story

> Germany's immatics says it gained positive mid-stage data for an experimental oncology vaccine targeting colorectal cancer. Release

> Oncolytics Biotech announced C$15 million in bought deal financing. Release

> Michael Fonstein, Ph.D., has stepped down from his position as CEO of Cleveland Biolabs. Fonstein will be president of CBLI with a primary focus on advancing the CBLB502 program for acute radiation syndrome while Yakov Kogan, Ph.D., MBA, has been named interim CEO. Release

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@FiercePharma: Litigation, recalls haunt J&J's Q4 earnings, and 2012 forecasts fall short of analyst estimates--Bloomberg. Report | Follow @FiercePharma

> Did Stiefel undervalue employee shares before GSK buyout? More

> Genzyme wins key FDA approval for new plant. Story

> Little 'oomph' in J&J's results as forecasts fall short. Article

> Publicist quits over Deen's tie-up with Novo. Item

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> Pakistan suspects heart drug contamination in patient deaths, seals plant. News

> Law firm brings logistics savvy to Miami. Article

> Roche workers protest use of contractors. News

> Pfizer revels in massive Prevnar vax job. Interview

> Balance adaptability, planning in supply chain, Tompkins advises. Item

> GSK's CEO Witty wants U.K. focus on manufacturing. More

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> Obama seeks to beat Alzheimer's by 2025. Article

> Eat your vegetables to fight colon cancer, plus 2 other discoveries. More

> Genetic analysis yields hypertension clue. Story

> U.K. team finds gene link for esophageal cancer. News

> Targeting NKp46 boosts immune response, Innate Pharma believes. Item

And Finally... Scientists in the U.K. have developed "magnetic" soap, which one day could be used to clean up some toxic spills. Story