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> Exelixis ($EXEL) named J. Scott Garland as executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Garland is a Genentech vet, Genentech, where he served as vice president of its Avastin franchise. .fiercebiotech.com/press-releases/exelixis-appoints-executive-vice-president-and-chief-commercial-officer-0">Release

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> Just a couple of weeks after expanding its Series A round, Foundation Medicine announced its fourth collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Release

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