FL lawmakers reserve $50M for Jackson Lab branch; Stratech gains $3M round; ASCO execs plead for funds to repair trial program;

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> Florida may be within reach of yet another new biotech R&D coup. The state legislature has included $50 million to fund a new branch of the Maine-based Jackson Laboratory. The lab wants to devote work at the new institute to the development of new therapies. Story

> Stratatech, which is developing a human skin substitute, has closed a $3 million funding round. Report

> Japan's Santen Pharmaceutical will pay Clinical Data a $2 million upfront fee to kick off their partnership to develop new topical therapies for ophthalmic diseases. Story

> FDA staffers say that some of the data Questcor Pharmaceuticals has submitted to back its request to use Acthar gel to treat infantile spasms are somewhat unusual and difficult to interpret. Report

> Cempra Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from its Phase II clinical trial of the company's oral, anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus antibiotic. Release

> DSM Biologics has struck a deal with Australian authorities to build a new mammalian biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Brisbane. Story

> Live from BIO 2010: A human face for the drug industry. Story

And Finally... Two top execs at the American Society of Clinical Oncology used a letter in the New York Times to call for more funds to repair the National Cancer Institute's clinical cancer research program. Letter