Roche NimbleGen gets new CEO; Dyax raises $52M; Keryx R&D expenses triple;

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> Madison, WI-based Roche NimbleGen, which provides microarray tools for genetic discovery and analysis, named Frank Pitzer as its new CEO. NimbleGen release

> Dyax is raising close to $52 million from a stock sale to help finance the production and distribution of Kalbitor, a drug designed to treat hereditary angioedema. Some of the money will also go toward new research and preclinical activities. Dyax release

> Keryx Biopharmaceuticals says its losses grew in the fourth quarter as R&D expenses tripled. Story

> Venn Life Sciences has raised $3 million in a new funding round. Venn Life is a clinical trial services provider. Venn release

> Steve Lundy has joined AspenBio as CEO and will become a member of the board of directors. Daryl Faulkner, who served as interim CEO in 2009, will relinquish that role but will continue as executive chairman. AspenBio release

> Arena Pharmaceuticals has launched an early-stage study of an experimental narcolepsy and cataplexy therapy. Story

> MDRNA acquired DNA technology-related patents from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for an undisclosed amount. Report

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