Pharmasset to collaborate on a safer, simpler hepatitis C drug; CytRx touts cancer drug results; Regado raises $11.6M;

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> Pharmasset has forged a collaboration pact with Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, agreeing to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a combined product for hepatitis C in a mid-stage study. Pharmasset release

> CytRx reports that its experimental cancer treatment INNO-206  demonstrated its ability to safely deliver high doses of a chemotherapy. Report

> Regado Biosciences has raised $11.6 million, much of which will be used to advance an experimental anticoagulant for use during surgeries. Regado's staff is split between New Jersey and North Carolina. Report

> Germany's Antisense Pharma has completed an 8 million euro round of financing. Antisense release

> The Baltimore Sun takes a look at the new biotech strategy now in place in Maryland. State economic development officials are touting their talent pool of company execs, consultants and academics as a resource for growing biotech companies. Story

> Bioniche has bought the Australia's Plasvaac, which manufactures blood-plasma products for animals. Story

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Study: Pfizer's Chantix raises heart risks 72%. Story | Follow @FiercePharma

> Pfizer's Lyrica performs in Japanese fibromyalgia trial. Item

> AZ loses round in Lucentis patent fight. Report

> EU watchdogs flag fewer 'problem' patent deals. Article

> FDA warns Cadila, slaps ban on Dr. Reddy's. Story

> GSK launches next revamp of sales-rep pay. News

> Russian police search Novartis, Teva in distribution probe. Report

Medical Device News

> C.R. Bard to pay $184M to end Davol suits. Story

> Synthes vet tapped as next Nobel Biocare chair. News

> MyoPowers closes $19M Series B round. Report

> Analyst: Infuse fallout could lead to Medtronic selling spine biz. Item

Drug Delivery News

> DNA cages can unleash meds inside cells. Article

> All eyes on pSivida for back-of-the-eye drug delivery. Report

> Europe OKs Merck Serono's prefilled IVF pen injector. Piece

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