Medtronic mini pacemaker starts trial; Advanced Catheter Therapies raising $4.5M;

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> Advanced Catheter Therapies beat its own expectations for a Series B funding round for its endovascular drug delivery technology, and is now looking to raise $4.5 million after quickly reaching the original $3 million goal. More

> Medtronic's ($MDT) quarter-sized pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, was implanted in a Jacksonville, FL, hospital as the device's clinical trial gathers steam. Story

> A handheld field tool to detect viruses from bacteria samples will soon be available in the form of a battery-operated DNA diagnostics tool dubbed Freedom4. Release

> The Canadian government set $14.9 million towards building a national medical device center in Ottawa to encourage the commercialization of devices. More

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Banking on its R&D rep, Calithera looks to raise $80M in IPO. News | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Kite Pharma soars on early evidence that CAR-T treatment quells cancer. Report | Follow @JohnCFierce

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> Pfizer and Merck extend heavyweight immuno-oncology pact to lung cancer. More

> Civitas nails $55M venture round for a PhIII Parkinson's study. Story

> Alkermes closer to launching once-monthly schizophrenia drug into a crowded market. Article

Pharma News

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@EricPFierce: Boehringer Ingelheim opens a $30M packaging plant for its Vetmedica animal health biz. FierceAnimalHealth story | Follow @EricPFierce

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> Valeant's deal show goes on with $25M dermatology buy. Story

> Galena says goodbye to ex-CEO, no severance pay included. Article

> China's Luye Pharma founder soars into pharma's billionaire echelon. Report

Biotech Research News

> Cubist exec: Challenges mount in antibiotics discovery. Editor's Corner

> Tuberculosis biomarker predicts protection against disease symptoms. Article

> Scientists engineer opiate pain medicine without using poppies. Story

> Thymus gland grown from reprogrammed cells in lab. More

> Study: Early barriers in drug development are widespread. Report

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Sources: Ranbaxy's manufacturing problems lead to Texas. News

> Lupin took hard look at troubled Wockhardt for possible bid. More

> Alexion gets new Form 483 in follow-up inspection. Article

> Lonza looks to biotech funders for entree to business. Story

> Teva recalls Parkinson's disease drug because it may be 'superpotent.' Report

> PSC buys high-potency fill-finish facility from U.S. research group. Item

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