Japan considers regulatory reform for devices; GE drops $7.5M on ultrasound-disinfection tech;

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> GE Healthcare ($GE) invested another $7.5 million into Nanosonics, aiming to use the company's ultrasound-disinfection tech. News

> In Japan, drugs and medical devices go through the same regulatory process, and regulators are considering revamping the system, creating a separate avenue for devices to speed along innovation. Report

> Baxter's ($BAX) Sigma Spectrum infusion pump snagged top honors for smart pumps in the 2012 rankings published by independent research outfit KLAS. Item

> Allegro Diagnostics has named its scientific advisory board, which includes experts from the Boston University School of Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Release

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> R&D numbers point to a turnaround in pipeline productivity. Report

> Quintiles to offer new jobs to 100 axed Merck Serono staffers. Story

> Analysts conjure up images of a dream buyout deal for Onyx. Article

Pharma News

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> Whistleblowers: Merck hid declining efficacy of MMR shot. Story

> FDA chief says safety trumps job creation. Article

Biotech Research News

> Scientists wield human stem cells to engineer blood-brain barrier structures. Story

> Cleveland BioLabs drug, chemo kill neuroblastomas in mice. Item

> U.K. researchers enhance tracking for stem cell injections. Article

> At long last, 2nd controversial look at bird flu virus finally published. More

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Sanofi plant problems result in vaccine shortage. News

> Novartis plant in Russia two years out. More

> Fake Viagra apparently sourced in China. Article

> Import alert lifted for AkzoNobel Mexico plant. Story

And Finally... ICU Medical ($ICUI) has inked a deal to get its MicroClave needle-free IV connector into Mercy hospitals, one of the nation's largest groups of Catholic hospitals. More