EMA backs Novartis' Afinitor for breast cancer; Max Planck finishes Florida center; Perrigo to invest in R&D;

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> The EMA is recommending approval of Novartis' ($NVS) Afinitor for advanced breast cancer, improving the Big Pharma's chances of making the drug into a blockbuster performer.  Story

> Employees are moving into the $64 million Max Planck Florida Institute in Jupiter. Story

> Perrigo says it will invest $40 million in Israel to expand its R&D and manufacturing operations. Perrigo will also add 100 new workers to its fast-growing Israeli operation. Report

Pharma News

 @FiercePharma: Is Madagascar 3's friendly lion a dangerous drug spokesman? Groups ask FTC to investigate Merck's Claritin campaign. More | Follow @FiercePharma

> Roche overlooks 80,000 adverse reaction complaints. Story

> FDA delivers Xarelto bad news to J&J, Bayer. News

> Abbott stands alone in challenge to biosimilars law. Article

Medical Device News

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> Olympus confirms fundraising negotiations in accounting scandal's wake. More

> DBS for Parkinson's patients still going strong after three years. Story

> Medtronic's stent graft picked for FDA pilot program. Article

And Finally… Investigators have developed a new mouse model for supertasting  - the ability to strong detect flood flavors, which can influence food choice and health status. The mice have taste buds which overexpress brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Release

 

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