Implantable tiny telescope works in four patients; Israel pushes life sciences incubator fund;

 @FierceMedDev: St. Jude stands firm despite more Durata scrutiny. More | Follow @FierceMedDev

 @DamianFierce: In case you missed it, Intuitive Surgical shareholders are suing, claiming $ISRG withheld da Vinci problems. Article | Follow @DamianFierce

 @MarkHFierce: Slow going for J&J's absorption of  its massive Synthes acquisition,  via Finance und Wirtschaft (translation req.). Story | Follow @MarkHFierce

 @MichaelGFierce: Med tech lender MidCap readies for potential buyout. More | Follow @MichaelGFierce

> Cardiovascular Systems ($CSII) says data from its CONFIRM study series shows the company's orbital atherectomy system to treat peripheral artery disease had few problems in patients with and without renal disease. Item

> An implantable miniature telescope developed by VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies to treat macular degeneration has shown promise as a corrective device in its first four patients. Story

> Gynecological diagnostic and surgical procedures will increasingly be performed in doctor's offices and at ambulatory surgical centers as the market becomes increasingly competitive, Millennium Research Group concludes in a new report. Item

> Cornell University engineers say that a smartphone-based system could help diagnose AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma through the use of gold nanoparticles combined with DNA snippets. Item

> Israel is launching an incubator fund intended, in part, to help draw further multinational investment in the country's already growing medical devices industry. Story

> In vitro diagnostics are growing at double the rate of the global pharmaceutical industry in some segments, Frost & Sullivan concludes in a new report. Item

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: From Pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim backs startup program Rock Health. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: Celgene's Revlimid OK'd for mantle cell lymphoma. Release | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @RyanMFierce: Endo announces about 700 job cuts fresh from FDA denial of testosterone drug, facing generics competition. Release | Follow @RyanMFierce

 @EmilyMFierce: One in 6 NIH research grant proposals get funding. That will be exacerbated by sequestration. Story | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Biotech vet Westphal to exit CEO post of cancer drug developer Verastem. News

> Endo to slash 700 jobs after FDA setbacks. Article

> Pfizer turns to upstart CytomX for $635M deal on armed antibody tech. News

Pharma News

 @FiercePharma: Sky-high drug prices will force change in cancer care, experts say, may save costs elsewhere. Yesterday's story | Follow @FiercePharma

 @EricPFierce: Neptune starts work on its new omega 3 plant in Canada where last year's fatal explosion leveled operations. Article | Follow @EricPFierce

 @CarlyHFierce: Avandia Adcomm hearings recap, Day 1: Article | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Endo to cut 700 jobs, review asset sales in major restructuring. Article

> FDA official, panelists challenge Avandia safety trial. More

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Boehringer China biologics plant to do contract work. Story

> Impax cuts 110 jobs tied to problems at plant. Report

> Sanofi ramps up insulin production at Russian plant. News

> FDA issues warning letter for Novartis Ebewe plant. Article

Vaccines News

> FDA lifts clinical hold on anthrax vaccine. Item

> HPV vax awareness uneven despite Merck ad blitz. Report

> Novavax makes $30M bid for adjuvant business. Story

> U.S. pathogen team to locate in China CDC. More

> More New Yorkers skipping vaccines on religious grounds. Article

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