Elan and Boehringer pair up on antibody programs; Tufts targets new discovery, development deals; Will Crucell pay off for J&J?;

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> Elan and Boehringer Ingelheim have forged a pact to develop new antibody-based therapies. Elan will take the lead role in discovery and development while Boehringer shoulders the load for manufacturing and regulatory work. Elan release

> Tufts University doesn't plan to just sit still as other universities ink drug discovery and research pacts with biopharma companies. Today it launched a web site for the Tufts Institute for Biomedical Partnerships, which is billed as a "global pharmaceutical partnering initiative designed to create and manage a diverse portfolio of drug discovery and development partnerships." The Institute was developed and is managed by Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University's Advancement Division. In recent months Harvard, the University of California, San Francisco and others have formed new partnerships with the drug industry, making academic pacts a hot sector in the deal-making arena. Release

> Reuters looks at the prominent new role that Crucell will play now that it is part of J&J, noting that the pressure is on to advance new vaccines to the market. Story

> AMAG Pharmaceuticalshas received a Notice of Non-Compliance from Health Canada regarding its New Drug Submission for Feraheme (ferumoxytol) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult chronic kidney disease patients. AMAG release

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