Colorado biotechs reap bigger rounds; Amgen, Cytokinetics launch new study of cardiac muscle drug

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> New VC investments in Colorado-based biotech companies jumped in 2011, according to a local industry group. Six companies reaped $66.1 million versus a total of $45.6 million in 2010. Story

> Amgen ($AMGN) and Cytokinetics have launched an early-stage study of oral omecamtiv mecarbil, an experimental treatment intended to activate cardiac muscles. A IIb trial is under way for an IV formulation of the drug. Story

> University Hospitals Case Medical Center has signed on to help host a mid-stage study of Athersys' stem cell therapy for stroke. Report

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> FDA adds 14 Chinese suppliers to heparin hot list. News

> $500M charge eats away at Ranbaxy's Q4 sales hike. Report

> CDC delay could temper adult uptake of Pfizer's Prevnar shot. Item

Vaccines News

> Vaccines mean that India celebrates its first year free of polio. Report

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> Prostate cancer vaccine teams up with antibody. Story

> Norovirus gets it in the nose. News

Manufacturing News

> Teva expected to pay big bucks for decision to use oversized vials. Report

> J&J Recall: Manufacturing issues believed behind CEO departure. Item

> Shire's $200 million Leed certified plant gets EMA nod. Story

> Pharmacists may seek arbitration to get recall costs from GSK. News

> Ranbaxy's manufacturing mess results in $606 million loss. Article

> FDA triples list of banned Chinese heparin ingredient makers. More

CRO News

> FDA cracks down on Chinese heparin material providers. News

> Ex-AstraZeneca researchers launch new CRO. Report

> ACRO blasts new rules that reveal docs' drug research payments. More

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