Pfizer takes an option on a drug from Bind; Alnylam CEO Maraganore takes on Shkreli controversy;

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> Pfizer ($PFE) has taken an option to develop a new drug candidate from Cambridge, MA-based Bind Therapeutics ($BIND), triggering a $2.5 million payment. Release

> The viral controversy over Martin Shkreli's move to grab quick profits from an old drug has leaders of the biotech industry working overtime to publicly separate the biotech industry from Turing's actions. Alnylam ($ALNY) CEO John Maraganore took to CNBC to say that Shkreli's move has nothing to do with an industry focused on developing new therapies rather than raising prices on old ones. Story

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> Stealth surgical robotics startup from Intuitive Surgical co-founder raises $150M. More

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> St. Jude launches new patient-monitoring interface for CardioMEMS heart failure monitor. Article

Pharma News

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> Novartis brings heart, cancer meds to low-income countries for $1 per month. More

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Vaccines News

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> Scripps Florida nets 4-year, $6M grant from Gates Foundation for HIV vaccine. Story

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CRO News

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> German CRO cozies up to Bayer at its Berlin R&D hub. More

> Covance plots a deeper dive into manufacturing. Story

> BioClinica reaches into regulatory affairs with its latest buy. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

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> Sun Pharma recalls more than 216,000 bottles after label leaches chemical. News

> Aesica plant to get power from biomass plant. More

> Mayne kicks off work on new $65M North Carolina plant. Story

> Pfizer finds buyer for Indian plant set to close this month. Article

Pharma Asia News

> Serum Institute of India throttles back on equity sale. Item

> China-focused RuiYi starts PhI in China on autoimmune candidate RYI-008. News

> HK-listed Lee's Pharmaceutical branches out further with Armetheon deal. More

> Japan's MHLW lines up about 50 candidates for fast-track 'sakigake' process. Story

> Australian subsidies for newer drugs go begging as companies avoid paper chase. Article