S&P 500's biggest R&D spenders; Roka Bioscience grabs $20M round;

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> Drug giants and tech titans top the list of the S&P 500's largest R&D spenders. Post

> Roka Bioscience has reeled in $20 million in a Series C round of financing as the Gen-Probe spinoff pursues commercialization of its molecular assays. Release

> The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is shipping $1.4 million in grants to 6 universities in the state. Report

> RaQualia Pharma reports that it has licensed its 5-HT4 partial agonist, dubbed RQ-00000010, to CJ CheilJedang for development and commercialization in China, India, Korea and Southeast Asia. Announcement

> San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics has garnered a two-year, $600,000 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer Research grant from the NIH to study antibody treatments and vaccines against C. difficile infections. Item

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