Northwest blames short sellers for stock slump; Novartis partners up for antidepressant R&D;

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> Northwest Biotherapeutics ($NWBO) watched its stock price plummet by more than 30% on Friday, as investors sold off its shares at a volume 5 times greater than average. The company issued a statement Monday saying management "is not aware of any fundamental reason for the substantial decline" in share value. Instead, Northwest "believes this activity is part of an ongoing effort to drive its stock price lower through an orchestrated campaign, including questionable short selling activity." Statement

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Pharma News

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Animal Health News

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Biotech IT News

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