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> Ranbaxy and Daiichi Sankyo to integrate new drug R&D unit. Report

> Angered by the moves European nations are taking to cut drug prices, one big drugmaker commissioned a study that finds--guess what?--price cuts will severely reduce the number of new meds making it to market. Story

> Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISPH) announced today a series of management changes, including revised job responsibilities, designed to position the organization for long-term success. Release

> Shares of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell after a Credit Suisse analyst initiated coverage of the stock with a "Neutral" rating, saying sales potential for its drug linaclotide is already priced into the stock. Story

> There is a relief for people suffering from baldness, as a recent genetic discovery claims to have found genes associated with baldness and this ultimately means that there is a scope for cure of this disease of hair loss. Item

And Finally... Long banished behind steel barriers, robots are entering new fields of application such as the household and healthcare sectors. The requisite safety can be provided by a tactile sensor system, which can be integrated in a floor or applied to robots as an artificial skin. Report