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> Memphis, TN-based GTx raised $43.5 million in a private stock sale to affiliates of BVF Partners. Release

> China's Ascletis has in-licensed an NS5A hep C treatment from San Francisco-based Presidio Pharmaceuticals. "This licensing agreement for PPI-668 adds a fourth drug candidate in late-stage development to the Ascletis pipeline, which aims to provide innovative therapeutics for important medical needs in China," said Ascletis CEO Jinzi J. Wu. "Based on the clinical data to date, we believe that PPI-668, in combination with our current direct acting antiviral agent, danoprevir or ASC08, which has completed Phase II, offers a potentially effective interferon-free regimen for HCV-infected patients in China." Release

> AntriaBio says it has inked a deal to extinguish $44 million in potential milestone payments in exchange for a $55,000 payment to the bankruptcy estate of PR Pharmaceuticals. Release

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> Device for minimally invasive treatment of enlarged prostate gains CMS reimbursement. Article

Pharma News

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> For sale: Bankrupt Dendreon and its laggard Provenge, for $275M or more. Any takers? More

CRO News

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Biotech IT News

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> Team taps Wikipedia for flu forecasting data. Story

> Open-source atlas of the human proteome goes live. Article

> FDA resumes its long search for a CIO. More

> AstraZeneca strikes $150M deal to buy data analysis business. Report

Animal Health News

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> Merck to meat industry: Zilmax is safe. Item

> FDA tightens reins on equine compounding companies. Report

> MWI shares sink despite better-than-expected earnings. Story

> Zoetis beats estimates on strength of livestock products and allergy drug for dogs. News