Merit Medical to create about 200 jobs in Ireland; Accellent selling Pittsburgh-area facility to Perryman;

@FierceMedDev: CBS News: Eye implants restore vision in two British patients w/ photo. News | Follow @FierceMedDev

>  Merit Medical is reportedly to create up to 200 jobs in Ireland. An announcement is expected in the coming weeks. News

> Accellent has agreed to sell its facility located just outside of Pittsburgh to The Perryman Co. "Substantially all" of the facility's employees will be retained upon completion of the sale, which is expected to be completed during the second quarter. Accellent release

> Cagenix, which makes components for dental implants, is expanding and could add up to 18 employees as a result. Report

> OPKO Health has announced the execution of a license agreement giving International Health Technology certain rights regarding the novel panel of kallikrein biomarkers for the detection of prostate cancer in a lab setting in the U.K., Ireland, Sweden and Denmark. Release

> Scientists have developed a dental filling to control the harmful bacteria in a patient's mouth. Item

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: Startup Bina Technologies tries Apple-like strategy in genomics field. Item | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: Big week for Pfizer coming up, with tofacitinib panel. They need a win here to regain some R&D cred. Odds-on pos. Article | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @RyanMFierce: Fumapharm AG shareholders take early payday on BG-12 interest in $761M Royalty Pharma deal. Release | Follow @RyanMFierce

 @MarkHFierce: Scientists have identified a gene linked to a rare condition where babies are born minus a spleen. Release | Follow @MarkHFierce

> Investors pocket $761M in deal betting on Biogen's BG-12. News

> Pfizer faces crucial panel vote on blockbuster hopeful tofacitinib. Article

> FDA whacks Alexza Pharma with CRL for Adasuve. Story

> Bill calls for cancer clinical trials results to be reported--or else. More

Pharma News

 @FiercePharma: Derek Lowe's take on the GSK-won't-buy-AstraZeneca story. Hint: Fig Newtons figure in. More | Follow @FiercePharma

 @EricPFierce: FDA says drugs shortages are down dramatically. Commissioner gives president credit. Really? Report | Follow @EricPFierce

> Feds nab suspects in $70M Lilly heist. News

> Drug shortages have fallen dramatically, FDA says. Article

> Pfizer, Lilly, AstraZeneca giving NIH abandoned drugs. Story

> GSK's Witty has no interest in buying AstraZeneca. More

And Finally... Dr. Darrick Antell has recently been performing up to three or four chin implants a day. The popularity of this type implant has been seen nationwide since last year. Article

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