Abbott seals another companion Dx deal; J&J revamps Ethicon arm;

@FierceMedDev: Combat Medical Systems wins $86M govt. contract. Story | Follow @FierceMedDev

@MarkHFierce: Dx development for the developing world is a hot new area, and the U.K.'s Lumora is diving in. More | Follow @MarkHFierce

 @DamianFierce:  Abbott won FDA approval for a new eye implant, part of its efforts to boost sluggish medical device sales. News | Follow @DamianFierce

> Abbott Laboratories ($ABT) has signed a deal to develop companion diagnostics for Epizyme's investigational cancer drug EPZ-5676. News

> Life Technologies ($LIFE) is partnering with Germany's Ridom to use the company's SeqSphere+ whole genome bacterial typing software with its Ion Torrent sequencers. More

> Cook Medical has launched the Retracta Detachable Embolization Coil, designed to help physicians safely block or slow arterial blood flow. Release

> Thermo Fisher ($TMO) has launched NextGuard, its latest X-ray contamination detector. Item

> Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) is folding its Ethicon and Ethicon Endo-Surgery subsidiaries into one another, from now on doing business under just the Ethicon moniker. News

> As Israel's medical device market continues to grow, expect more M&A, one analyst says. Article

> Good Start Genetics presented clinical data this week showing that the company's next-generation sequencing tech detects cystic fibrosis and other mutations that conventional technology would otherwise miss. Release

> Abiomed ($ABMD) says its preliminary revenue for the quarter ending March 31 jumped by double-digits compared to last year. Story

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: GlaxoSmithKline picks up FDA panel plug for Breo approval. Story | Follow @FierceBiotech

@RyanMFierce: S. Korean biotech Celltrion "drops" late-stage Rituxan biosim. Can you imagine this happening w/ a s. molecule? Nope. Report | Follow @RyanMFierce

> Abbott aids biotech Epizyme in matching epigenetic drug with cancer patients. More

> Roche sees another Rituxan biosimilar trial bite the dust. Article

> Antibiotics upstart Allecra snags €15M VC round amid superbug scare. More

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Baxter to put $300M into old Genmab plant in Minnesota. More | Follow @FiercePharma

@EricPFierce: Is your company among the top 10 pharma companies by employees? If so, where does it fall? Story | Follow @EricPFierce

> Safety watchdog flags GLP-1 drugs for pancreatitis reports to FDA. News

> Will Brazil grab the emerging-markets popularity crown? More

> Sanofi embarks on doc-training in Morocco to boost diabetes, epilepsy care. Article

Vaccines News

> H7N9 cases jump, some show resistance to Roche's Tamiflu. More

> Polio eradication push nearing endgame again. Story

> ITS eyes Big Pharma suitors as universal flu vaccine advances. Article

> India's Biological E pentavalent vaccine takes on GSK, J&J. Item

> Vaccine campaign struggling to contain measles outbreak. More

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Issues with contractor leads to shortage of GSK's Horizant. More

> Sanofi expands in Morocco with €20M hub. News

> Canada's Pharmascience opens new distribution center. Story

> Hikma will keep injectables manufacturing. More

> Contaminated capsules dissolve Biostar earnings. Article