Incyte lands $50M milestone for RA drug; H5N1 vaccine wins backing of FDA advisers; The Havana biotech hub?;

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> Incyte ($INCY) landed a $50 million milestone from Eli Lilly ($LLY) following the launch of the Phase III program for the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib. Release

> GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) has received the unanimous backing of an FDA advisory committee for its experimental H5N1 vaccine. "GSK has been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2006 to develop this H5N1 vaccine and we are pleased with the positive vote recommending its approval" commented GSK's Bruce Innis. "We now look forward to a final decision by the FDA later this year and to also continuing our collaboration with the U.S. Government on public health issues." Release

> The Financial Times covers Cuba's long-running effort to create a biotech hub in the Caribbean country. Story

> Merck KGaA is already seeing the payoff from cost cuts. The German drugmaker beat expectations on third-quarter earnings, thanks in part to lower costs. Higher drug prices helped, too. In fact, the company raised its outlook for the year because of increased demand for its drugs, Bloomberg reports. Story

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> FDA: Dynavax's Heplisav effective against hepatitis B. Report

> Meningitis vaccine ruled safe for warm storage. Article

> Takeda sets sights on the vaccine market. More

> GSK's rotavirus vaccine selected for British program. News

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