Pfizer extends offer for Icagen; Maryland readies new biotech funds

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> Pfizer says it's extending its controversial tender offer for Icagen by 24 hours as it tries to round up a relatively small number of shares needed to complete the transaction. Report

> GeoVax, which is developing HIV vaccines, says the NIH has increased its annual award from $3.6 million to $4.4 million. GeoVax release

> Medimmune president Peter Greenleaf is taking the helm of a new authority which will handle the state of Maryland's investments in tech companies. The state is auctioning off tax breaks and using that money to seed startups. Report

Pharma News

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> FTC report IDs new twist on pay-to-delay. Details

> Tarceva's new European OK points up Roche's targeted goals. Article

> Bain, 2 drugmakers still in race for GSK consumer portfolio. Report

Manufacturing News

> Promega adding molecular-biology capacity with new plant. More

> Fareva moves into U.S. with Pfizer plant buy. Story

> Dairy JV nabs India's excipients maker Brahmar. News

> Two CMOs to cut more than 100 jobs in NY, Ireland. Report

> BASF raises excipient, API prices another 10%. Article

> Baxter pumps up lyophilization capacity at Halle plant. Details

Vaccine News

> New strain of H5N1 lacks vax protection. News

> Emory University recieves $26M from NIH. Story

> Infant rotavirus shots may benefit the unvaccinated. Report

> IOM: Vaccines cause very few side effects. Article

> CDC: Teen HPV vaccination rates lagging. Details

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