Roche has alternatives to Illumina on its radar screen; Medicago inks $33M vaccines deal; Xoma sells shares for R&D work;

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@MarkHFierce: Roche to Illumina: "You're not the only game in in town." In other words, the pressure mounts. Reuters Story | Follow @MarkHFierce

> Hoping to gain some leverage with Illumina's ($ILMN) board, Roche ($RHHBY) says that there are other potential buyout targets if its $5.7 billion hostile bid founders. Report

> Canada's Medicago says it has struck a $33 million deal to use its virus-like particle technology to develop new vaccines for Mitsubishi Tanabe. Release

> Xoma plans to sell shares in order to raise money for future R&D work as well as cover the cost of layoffs. Story

> CytomX Therapeutics named Dr. Hoyoung Huh as chairman of the board of directors. Former Chairman Dr. Charles Homcy, venture partner at Third Rock Ventures, will continue to serve on the board. Release

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@FiercePharma: Facing new drug shortages, HealthCanada may bring in alternatives from overseas markets, CTV says. More | Follow @FiercePharma

> More reps sue Novo for back overtime. Story

> HHS: Misbehaving drugmakers could lose patent rights. Article

Research News

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Manufacturing News

> Boehringer Ingelheim spends €17M on expansion in Germany, Vienna. News

> Novartis names new leader for its troubled OTC operations. Story

> India's Emcure to manufacture Roche's Herceptin, MabThera. Article

> AmerisourceBergen buys another pharmaceutical services company. Item

> GlaxoSmithKline, Daiichi Sankyo join forces to sell vaccines in Japan. More

And Finally… The Financial Times hits some familiar notes covering Big Pharma's increasing reliance on biotechs for innovative new treatments. Story