Lilly stomach cancer drug posts improved survival data; Merck touts new osteoporosis data on odanacatib; Promedior boosts D round;

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> Eli Lilly ($LLY) got a big vote of confidence from Leerink Swann today after the pharma giant boasted of positive survival results among stomach cancer patients taking ramucirumab in a Phase III study. Leerink Swann sees an 80% chance of approval for a drug that could generate up to $600 million in annual sales. Lilly didn't detail the data on survival, though. Report

> Promedior brought its D round to $24.5 million with the addition of a $3 million investment from Shire Strategic Investment Group. Story

> Merck ($MRK) touted new data on its blockbuster osteoporosis drug hopeful odanacatib, demonstrating it improved mineral density in post-menopausal women.  Story

> Lexicon Pharmaceuticals ($LXRX) saw its share price jump on Friday after reporting that its bowel disorder drug met the goals outlined in a study of gastrointestinal cancer patients.  Report

> The FDA has accepted Depomed's application for Serada, a new treatment for hot flashes. Story

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