Covidien touts data for stroke-fighting Solitaire; Illumina unveils scaled-up HQ;

@FierceMedDev: TVA Medical grabs $9.5M to test kidney-failure treatment device. Story | Follow @FierceMedDev

@DamianFierce: An activist investor is urging Alere to sell off some units and focus on diagnostics. More | Follow @DamianFierce

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> Covidien's ($COV) stroke-preventing Solitaire FR device performed better than first-generation clot-removal technologies, according to a new analysis. Item

> Illumina ($ILMN) unveiled its expanded San Diego headquarters, planning to add 100 jobs at the 497,000-square-foot space, replete with a fitness center and coffee bar. Report

> Lantos Technologies raised $1.45 million through an offering of debt, options and warrants, following FDA clearance of its 3-D ear canal scanning system earlier this year. Story

> LED Medical Diagnostics is looking to raise $2.55 million through private placement. More

> An ill witness has delayed the start of a patent trial involving Cyberonics ($CYBX) and a doctor suing the company over alleged unpaid royalties. Story

> The FDA is considering a new regulatory model for lab-based diagnostic tests, and the industry is gearing up to fight any proposed changes. Article

> Century Medical will distribute Reverse Medical's products in Japan, including a vascular reconstruction device and a micro vascular plug embolization device. Item

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: The hunt for 2013's Fierce15 has begun... Release the biotech hounds! Info | Nomination form | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: Caffeine intoxication and withdrawal count as mental disorders? Then I'm a raving lunatic. Story | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: $EPZM up 72% from its $15 IPO price. I'm scared all privately held biotech cos will go public before the next Fierce 15 in September! | Follow @RyanMFierce

> Alzheimer's drug market starts to shrivel as caseload explodes. Report

> GlaxoSmithKline's research chief in China fired for data fraud. News

> Agios selling $86M IPO to fund its first cancer drug trials. Article

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Germany's Schott expanding packaging plant in Hungary. Item | Follow @FiercePharma

@EricPFierce: Ex-BMS exec faces 20 years, $5 million fine after pleading guilty to trading on inside dope about BMS takeover plans. Report | Follow @EricPFierce

@CarlyHFierce: Obama administration removing all age restrictions on Teva's Plan B One-Step. Article | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Sources say Novartis investigating sales scheme in India. More

> India's Elder takes stock for potential sale. Article

> Forest, Icahn playing nice this time around. Report

Biotech Research News

 @EmilyMFierce: New research shows how deadly H7N9 bird flu mutates, spreads. Article | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Swiss researchers find cancer metastasis master switch. More

> Scientists discover new antibacterial molecules to fight anthrax, TB. Article

> Mouse model of OCD could guide new treatment approaches. News

> Canadian company reports positive preclinical data for H7N9 bird flu vaccine. Item

Pharma Manufacturing News

> India taking closer look at Ranbaxy's U.S. problems. Story

> Sagent recalls paralyzing agent made by MN Pharmaceuticals. More

> Almac expansion to add 229 jobs in Northern Ireland. News

> French authorities investigate Teva packaging facility after recall, deaths reported. Report

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