Spotlight On... St. Jude launches chronic pain neurostim Axium in U.S.; Icelandic orthopedic player Össur buys Touch Bionics for $39M; Rice Univ. gets $6M in NIH genomics grants; and more...

St. Jude Medical ($STJ) has launched its Axium Neurostimulator System for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation to treat patients with chronic pain. The device was approved by the FDA in February. It's intended for use by patients who have uncontrolled pain using traditional spinal cord stimulation (SCS). A pivotal trial found Axium DRG stimulation provided superior pain relief to traditional tonic SCS. More

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> Non-invasive orthopedics company Össur has acquired Touch Bionics for $39 million to gain entrance into the upper limb prosthetic market. More

> Israeli OTC-traded Emerald Medical Applications ($MRLA) has won a 17-facility deal with Israeli emergency healthcare provider Terem for its artificial intelligence tech that offers early diagnosis of skin cancer. More

> Rice University has nabbed two 5-year grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): more than $2.5 million for next-gen sequencing to find and profile disease-causing DNA sequence variants and $3 million to design and validate low-cost, point-of-care PCR tech for cancer mutations. More

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> Gilead plots broader expansion at Foster City hometown. Report

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Biotech IT News

> Pfizer enlists IBM for IoT-enabled clinical trials by 2019. More

> Pfizer joins startup's Big Pharma backers in $18M round. Report

> Medidata swoops on medical imaging player Intelemage. Story

> Venter's HLI valued at $1.2B in Series B round. Article

Pharma Marketing News

> Vexing IBS-D spokescharacter 'Irritabelle' headlines Allergan's Viberzi ad push. More

> Back in control of Afrezza, MannKind refocuses on endocrinologists to give launch a jolt. Report

> Ironwood exec's brainstorm gives Allergan a marketing edge with Linzess. Story

> AbbVie sustains aggressive Humira push, GSK amps up on Breo to top March TV spenders. Article

> Facing stiff market competition, Biogen weighs sale of $500M hemophilia assets. Item

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