Ironwood sells bio-manufacturing unit; Optimer files for antibiotic approval; ESC action disrupts research projects

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> Royal DSM has struck a deal to buy Ironwood's Microbia, a bio-manufacturing outfit, for an undisclosed sum. Report

> San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals has filed for FDA approval of its new antibiotic for Clostridium difficile. The company says that the new antibiotic can cut the reoccurrence rate of the infection almost in half. Story

> Researchers around the country say that the recent courtroom drama around federal ESC subsidies has severely disrupted their work. Story

> NPS Pharmaceuticals says that it raised $44.4 million net from a public offering. NPS has two late-stage registration studies underway. Article

> Dynavax Technologies says that an investment fund has agreed to buy up to $30 million of its shares. News

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