Max Planck opens big neurosciences institute; NeurogesX lays off staffers ahead of PhIII; Fiscal cliff fears rattle researchers;

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> After 6 years of work and millions in costs, the Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience is officially open and in the business of doing research for depression, Alzheimer's and other hard-to-hit diseases. Report

> Concentrating on its lead pain drug, NeurogesX says it will lay off 9 staffers. The biotech is laying the foundation for a Phase III study of NGX-1998, its next-gen version of Qutenza. Story

> Hoping to gain the inside track on its R&D program for an experimental neuropathy drug, DARA Biosciences has requested orphan drug status for KRN5500. Story

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> Pfizer sharpens job-cutting ax for U.S. sales layoffs. News

> Bill suggests wholesale pricing to fight drug shortages. Story

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> Medtronic snags CE mark for critical-care glucose monitor. Report

> FDA to mull reclassification for some circulatory system devices. Item

Biotech IT News

> Stanford to rival Broad Institute with Big Data-focused genomics center. Report

> Study: Genomics, outsourcing fuel double-digit growth in bioinformatics. Article

> Social media, iPhone app aid efforts to crowdsource disease surveillance. News

> Why Big Data alone lacks the punch pharma needs. Story

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> AMRI shutters R&D site, moving jobs to Singapore. News

> Parexel partners with Taiwan hospital for drug development. More

And Finally… Alarmed by the looming prospect of a severe cut in the NIH budget if Congress and the president sail over the fiscal cliff, the Associated Medical Schools of New York called on the state's Congressional delegation to preserve research funding. Release

 

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