J&J kicks off oral arguments in all-metal hip trial; Cook Medical launches ureteral access sheath;

 @FierceMedDev: UNC team identifies Dx to spot worsening macular degeneration. News | Follow @FierceMedDev

 @MarkHFierce: The Netherlands' Medisse nailed down a $3.5M US Series B to fund development of a bioresorbable material for implants. Release | Follow @MarkHFierce

 @DamianFierce: That rumored Quintiles IPO may finally be around the corner, anon. sources tell Reuters, Bloomberg. News | Follow @DamianFierce

> Oral arguments have begun in Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) first trial over the now-recalled ASR all-metal hip implants. Story

> Tribogenics closed its $6.2 million Series A financing in a round led by Founders Fund. Plans call for using the money to boost R&D efforts for technology designed for new compact X-ray devices. Release

> Direct Flow Medical won a CE marking for its new transcathether aortic heart valve, which is designed to almost entirely stop aortic regurgitation. Release

> Cook Medical has begun selling its new, FDA-approved ureteral access sheath. Release

> Crowdfunding has long been used by startups in mobile development, but the model could work for the high-dollar world of funding devicemakers and biotechs, Xconomy reports. Article

> Sanofi ($SNY) has launched Auvi-Q, a voice-activated epinephrine auto-injector. News

> Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have developed a possible DNA blood test for prostate cancer. Item

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: Keryx shares soar on upbeat PhIII results for CKD drug Zerenex. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: New bidness model: VCs launch another biotech with late-stage R&D model for Big Pharma--(think SFJ). More | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: FDA called out in study of smartphone apps for melanoma. Report | Follow @RyanMFierce

> Idenix moves out of FDA limbo with J&J hep C combo pact. Story

> Takeda grabs long-awaited U.S. approval for diabetes drug Nesina. News

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Another Bayer drug gets the eye from French regulators: Acne drug/BCP Diane-35 linked to 4 deaths, ANSM says. More | Follow @FiercePharma

 @AlisonBFierce: GSK formed a joint venture in India to produce a 6-in-1 vaccine that will immunize children in developing countries. News | Follow @AlisonBFierce

> France launches safety probe into another Bayer drug. News

> Takeda aims to backfill Actos sales with new diabetes franchise. Story

Biotech IT News

> FDA called out in study of smartphone apps for melanoma. Article

> Big Data analysis takes on childhood brain cancer. Story

> Hopkins mines Twitter for real flu cases in real time. More

> NIH supports Parkinson's research with online collaboration. Item

CRO News

> Is Quintiles finally going public? Article

> Covance soars on 60% income growth in Q4. Report

> GVK teams up with Endo on early-stage pain drug. Story

> Indian Supreme Court wants answers on clinical trials. More

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