Revance Therapeutics closes $45M round to advance skin treatments; FDA fast tracks anthrax vaccine;

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> Revance Therapeutics has closed a $45 million financing as the firm advances development of a topical gel form of botulinum toxin type A used to smooth wrinkles in the skin. Release

> The FDA has fast tracked Emergent BioSolutions's Phase I anthrax vaccine, called NuThrax. Emergent release

> Members of North Carolina's Senate Finance committee have once again proposed legislation that would provide funding to biotech start-ups. Critics say the Life Sciences Development Act puts the state in the business of taking on venture capitalists' risk. Report

> Biodefense company PharmAthene plans to sell $6.5 million of its common stock and warrants in a registered direct offering. PharmAthene release

> A novel variant of swine flu has emerged in Asia with a genetic adaptation giving some resistance to Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, the two mainstay drugs used to tackle the disease. Article

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> FTC mulls agency action against pay-for-delay. Article

> UCB to pay $34M for off-label marketing. Story

> Hong Kong yanks GSK drug on phthalate levels. Item

> Germany joins in suspension of Takeda's Actos. Report

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