Will Congress extend the popular QTDP program?; Leo Pharma to collaborate with Scripps

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> Few government programs has been as popular among biotech companies as the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project, which delivered a billion dollars in R&D support to small developers. Now some members of Congress are out to revive the QTDP and extend the bonus out to 2017. This time around, though, lawmakers are more focused on budget cuts, making this effort an uphill fight at best. Report

> Leo Pharma says that it will collaborate with the Scripps Research Institute on new skin disease treatments. Release

> Fast on the heels of raising $25.8 million in new venture funds, New York-based Coronado Biosciences has filed to go become a public reporting company through a Form 10. Coronado is working on new immunotherapies for AML and autoimmune diseases like MS. Release

> San Diego-based Zogenix received a $30 million revenue investment advance from Cowen Royalty today. Release

> Nektar Therapeutics reports that the European Medicines Agency Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has issued a positive opinion on its application for orphan medicinal product status for the company's lead oncology candidate, NKTR-102, for ovarian cancer. Release

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And Finally...What was supposed to have been a major biomedical research center in Maine when it was unveiled in 2005 is shutting down the centerpiece of its program due to lack of funding, according to the Bangor Daily News. Report