Medivir abandons hep C NS5A program; Athersys runs into recruitment hurdle; Seattle BioMed wins $16M grant;

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> Medivir ($MVIR), which is partnered with Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) on the late-stage hep C drug simeprevir, is giving up on its effort to develop an NS5A inhibitor that could be used in an interferon-free cocktail. Release

> Cleveland-based Athersys says it has experienced trouble recruiting patients for a Phase II study of its adult stem cell treatment.  Report

> Seattle BioMed won a $16.6 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to work on tuberculosis. Story

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> NxThera to launch U.S. clinical trial with $18.2M Series C. More

> Medtronic closes in on FDA nod with drug-eluting balloon. Article

> Study: Spooked docs are lining Dx companies' pockets. Story

> InSightec's surgery-free brain tech eases tremor in study. Report

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> Which are pharma's top 4 innovators? Hint: It's not the big guys. Report

> Novartis opens internal China probe after former rep demanded $800K. News

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> Deaths tied to recalled drugs from Texas compounder. More

> Jubilant HollisterStier adds to global sterile manufacturing supply. Report

> FDA takes deep dive into opioid APIs. More

> Sanofi U.K. plant benefits from SkyePharma progress. Article

> Deaths tied to recalled drugs from Texas compounder. Story

Vaccines News

> Vaccine calms fears of meningitis becoming AIDS-like epidemic. More

> Researchers aim at trial to test whether BCG vaccine cuts risk of allergies. Report

> Study reconfirms safety of flu vaccine in pregnant women. Story

> Researchers aim at trial to test whether BCG vaccine cuts risk of allergies. More

> Incredulity turns to praise as malaria vaccine posts positive PhI data. Article

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