Oculus spins off a new biotech; Adimab expands collaborations with Merck and Lilly;

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@JohnCFierce: GlaxoSmithKline commits venture $$$ to new $250M biotech startup fund--Sanderling 7, coming 9 years after the last one. Story | Follow @JohnCFierce

> Petaluma, CA-based Oculus Innovative Sciences ($OCLS) is spinning off its novel biotechnology business, Ruthigen. Oculus will retain all Microcyn drug and device indications while Ruthigen will focus on RUT58-60, a drug candidate designed to prevent infection in trauma and surgical procedures. Release

> Adimab has expanded its antibody development deals with Eli Lilly ($LLY) and Merck ($MRK). Story

> Life science exec David A. DeWahl, Jr., has taken the helm at Ischemix, which is developing a new drug designed to open narrowed arteries. Story

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 @DamianFierce: At yesterday's FierceBiotech JPM13 panel, R&D experts debunked some Big Data myths and looked to a bright future. Editor's Corner | Follow @DamianFierce

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> Lilly settles suit linking old miscarriage drug to breast cancer. News

> Eyeing Biogen drug, Teva demands review for new MS meds. Story

> FDA backs tech to throw off painkiller addicts. Article

> Don't expect GSK to spin off ViiV anytime soon, R&D chief says. Report

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> Widespread, early flu season grips United States. Item

> HPV-related cancers up despite vaccines from Merck, GSK. Story

> Altravax pulls in $1.2M from NIH. Article

> Pfizer wins Prevenar 13 expansion in EU. News

> India's vaccine prices soar as private companies gain ground. Story

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Hikma acquisition lands 2 plants in Egypt. Report

> Canada taps Tamiflu stash to help Roche meet demand. Article

> FDA inspectors come down hard on Taiwan plant. News

> More plant closings for Valeant. Story

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