Theravance touts mid-stage asthma drug results; Eisai opens $100M facility in RTP;

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> Theravance says that a mid-stage trial of its new asthma therapy demonstrated that it was safe. The trial of vilanterol trifenatate, coded GW642444M, was undertaken by GlaxoSmithKline. Story

> Japan's Eisai has opened its $100 million manufacturing facility in Research Triangle Park. Report

> Genzyme spent $712,000 lobbying the government in the first quarter. One big win: 12 years of market exclusivity for biologics. But Genzyme also got hit with a painful FDA review of its manufacturing operations. Story

> The FDA approved Allergan's Zymaxid (gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution) 0.5 percent, a topical fluoroquinolone anti-infective for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Release

> Members of the city's legislative delegation are urging UMass Dartmouth to consider siting its multimillion-dollar biomanufacturing facility in New Bedford now that the project's intended site in Fall River is being considered for casino gaming. Report

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