Pfizer finishes Icagen buyout; PacBio taps Hunkapiller for exec chairman post;


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 @JohnCFierce: Keryx kidney drug fails study (from yesterday). More | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @RyanMFierce: Mike Hunkapiller starting new exec chairman role at struggling PacBio. Article | Follow @RyanMFierce


> ATLAB Pharma and BZL Biologics have struck of a sublicense deal to advance a radiopharmaceutical product called 177Lu -J591 for treating certain cases of prostate cancer. Release

> In its third-quarter earnings announcement, Merck said that its R&D expenses for the quarter dropped 16%. Release

> Amid slumping sales of its new DNA sequencing system, Pacific Biosciences ($PACB) tapped its board member Mike Hunkapiller to be executive chairman. Story

> Quintiles made its third acquisition in the past two weeks with the buyout of Advion BioServices, a bio-analytical lab services outfit. Report

> Pfizer ($PFE) has wrapped up its purchase of pain medicine developer Icagen. Item

Pharma News

 @FiercePharma: Back-to-school sales of Shire's ADHD meds help boost Q3 sales by 24% Story | Follow @FiercePharma

> FDA study: Newer contraceptives carry higher risks. Article

> KV Pharma, ex-chief wrestle over roots of 2008 crisis. Story

> Chinese pharma eyes opportunity in U.S., U.K. News

> Regional pharma suffers most from European turmoil. Report

> Pradaxa hit with pre-treatment screening advice. Item

Special Report Round-up


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> 5 device/diagnostic companies to watch. Report

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And Finally... New efforsts in the Bay Area could address a lack of funding for new science while fitting the do-more-with-less trend in biotech. Item