Evotec wins $41M R&D contract extension; GSK starts asthma PhIII; Synthetic Biologics raises $10.8M;

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> Germany's Evotec says that it has extended a research collaboration with the CHDI Foundation, a pact that could be worth up to $41 million in research payments. Release

> GSK ($GSK) says it has launched its Phase III for mepolizumab, an experimental therapy for severe asthma. Release

> Rockville, MD-based Synthetic Biologics has raised $10.8 million in a new financing. Release

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