Osiris touts new Prochymal data; Onyx's carfilzomib goes head-to-head with Velcade; NPS gives up long-term royalties for near-term cash;

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> Osiris ($OSIR) is back touting new data on its stem cell therapy Prochymal, claiming the treatment eased cardio problems for heart patients. Not all analysts, though, were happy with the data, noting that the Osiris release doesn't actually spell out how the treatment performed relative to primary or secondary endpoints. Release

> Onyx ($ONXX) is launching a late-stage, head-to-head study comparing carfilzomib with Velcade. Release

> NPS Pharmaceuticals is giving up a future royalty stream in favor of more near-term cash. After reconfiguring its deal with Amgen ($AMGN) on sales of Sensipar, NPS says it will get a $25 million payment now and accelerated payments of $50 million more. In exchange NPS is giving up royalties on the drug earned after 2018. Sensipar is used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism. More

> Actelion ($ATLN) announced that the FDA approved their supplemental new drug application for second generation Veletri for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Release

> Nabi Biopharmaceuticals is buying back $23 million in stock through a self-tender offer. Story

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> Bristol-Myers, AZ aim for diabetes glory with Amylin buy. News

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> U.S. entrepreneurs tap Japan's $32B device market. Article

> MDxHealth pulls in $12.6 million in fundraising. News

> Report: Medtronic's Ishrak takes home $25M in first year. Story

Biotech IT News

> Boehringer claims 'gamification' win in pharma. News

> Microsoft honors Bristol-Myers, Novartis and Sanofi. Article

> Pfizer boosts online offerings to German docs. Item

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