Lithera adds $6.7M in venture cash; Biostem shuts down;

@FierceBiotech: After Eylea win, Regeneron execs puzzle over R&D scale-up challenge. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: Ensemble hasn't raised VC $$ since 2007--which is impressive. Funded by marquee collaborations. | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @EmilyMFierce: ICYMI: NIH confirms it's shelving India drug trials in wake of new regs. Editor's corner | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> San Diego-based Lithera says it has added $6.7 million to its C round, bringing the total to $27.3 million. Release

> Clearwater, FL-based Biostem says it has terminated its last employee and ceased operations. Release

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Merck taps India's Lupin to market pneumococcal vax under new name. In U.S., brand = Pneumovax 23. More | Follow @FiercePharma

 @CarlyHFierce: Vivus holding its annual meeting this morning. Stay tuned for the end of the proxy fight with First Manhattan--and its outcome. | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Novartis under U.S. scrutiny for Gilenya marketing tactics. Story

> Deaths force Celgene to stop Revlimid CLL trial in its tracks. News

> Lilly freezes salaries ahead of patent loss for Cymbalta. Report

Medical Device News

@FierceMedDev: Alere's proxy fight gets personal in latest round. More | Follow @FierceMedDev

 @MarkHFierce: The clock is ticking. Send in your 2013 FMD Fierce 15 nominations. Submit now | Follow @MarkHFierce

@DamianFierce: Quest dims revenue outlook as it sells stake in J&J cancer drug. Story | Follow @DamianFierce

> Ex-ArthroCare CEO, CFO finally indicted in $400M fraud scheme. Article

> Hungarian startup seeks med tech partner for intelligent cancer knife. Story

Pharma Manufacturing News

 @EricPFierce: From ABC's appointment of Jenny McCarthy sparks media furor. News | Follow @EricPFierce

> UAE expects big growth in generic drug production. Item

> Penn Pharma to expand plant opened in May. Report

> China regulators pledge new crackdown on counterfeit drug operations. More

> J&J says it has upped its quality game across all 120 plants. Article

> Cispharma warning letter says injury investigation inadequate. Story

Vaccines News

> Gates-backed device extends cold chain to rural areas. Report

> Bio Farma taps Artes for VLP technology. Item

> ABC's appointment of Jenny McCarthy sparks media furor. More

> New data supports vaccinating gay men against HPV. Story

> Sanofi starts up dengue vaccine plant to maintain edge over Takeda. Article

And Finally… A Purdue University researcher says that T cells in the blood can be converted to create new treatments for autoimmune diseases. Release

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