Spark inks gene therapy deal with Genable; Exelixis gains EC approval;

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> Spark Therapeutics, a spinout of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has inked a collaboration deal with Ireland's Genable on the development of a new gene therapy for a rare eye disease. No terms were disclosed. Report

> The European Commission has approved Exelixis's ($EXEL) cabozantinib for adult patients with progressive, unresectable locally advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma. Release

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> Stryker finalizes $120M deal with surgical sponge outfit. News

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@TracyStaton: Top-read at FiercePharma: Tokyo hospital exec says Novartis employees deeply involved in leukemia-drug trial. Report | Follow @TracyStaton

@EricPFierce: AmerisourceBergen global expansion continues with $100M deal for a 20% stake in Brazil's Profarma. News | Follow @EricPFierce

@CarlyHFierce: Sanofi reportedly jumps into $12B race for Merck's consumer unit. Story | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> J&J releases more Doxil, its popular cancer med that has been dogged by supply issues. Article

> Even at a discount, Sanofi's pricey cancer drug Zaltrap can't win at NICE. More

Biotech Research News

> Public-private Japanese partnership invests $15M in infectious diseases. Story

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> Technique converts stem cells to muscle cells in high volumes. Report

> Knocking out gene reduces fat, extends lifespan in mice. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

> India cracks down on same Wockhardt plants FDA has banned. More

> GSK adopts Formula One racing mentality to speed Breo inhaler production. Story

> AMRI ratchets manufacturing up further with Cedarburg buyout. News

> FDA approves J&J to make bulk Doxil at closed Ben Venue plant. Report

> Hospira CEO gets nearly $10M for steering drugmaker through issues. Article

> AmerisourceBergen expands in Brazil with $100M deal. Item