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> French drug giant Sanofi ($SNY), the owner of rare disease drug specialist Genzyme, has struck a pact with The Centre for Genomic Regulation in Spain to apply innovations in biomedicine to research genetic and rare diseases. Article

> Drug delivery specialist Haloyzme Therapeutics ($HALO) pocketed a $4 million milestone payment from Roche ($RHHBY), which paid the fee because it asked European regulators to give a nod to a new formulation of its cancer drug Herceptin that involves Halozyme's subcutaneous delivery tech. Release

> Peregrine Pharmaceuticals ($PPHM) seemed surprised to see the control arm of the developer's Phase II study of its drug bavituximab in lung cancer patients show longer-than-expected progression-free survival. Release

> Sangamo BioSciences ($SGMO) presented more data this week from its cellular therapy program that aims to provide a "functional cure" for HIV. Release

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