Spotlight On... Sanofi cuts research staffers in Boston as reorganization looms: report; Laura Glimcher to head Dana-Farber; Big Pharma pack joins Parkinson's R&D consortium; Soon-Shiong buying up more Phoenix property; and more...

Sanofi ($SNY) is cutting more than 30 lab workers in its Boston hub, according to The Boston Globe. Citing staffers, the report notes that the jobs are being axed in groups that were part of the Genzyme organization acquired by Sanofi. The layoffs may presage more cuts as Sanofi is rumored to be readying a company-wide reorganization, which includes cutting hundreds of unfilled job openings in France. Report

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> Weill Cornell's Laura Glimcher has been named CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the leading research centers in the world. Release

> AbbVie ($ABBV), AstraZeneca ($AZN), Biogen ($BIIB), Eli Lilly ($LLY), Pfizer ($PFE) and Merck ($MRK) have all joined a new consortium aimed at finding new drugs for Parkinson's disease. Release

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Medical Device News

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Pharma News

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Pharma Manufacturing News

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Drug Delivery News

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Pharma Asia News

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