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>Thoratec ($THOR) shareholders signed off on its $3.4 billion acquisition by St. Jude Medical ($STJ). The deal is expected to close on Oct. 8. More

>The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dropped its bid to drop the Steris-Synergy sterilization merger. More

>The Mayo Clinic will hold an Oct. 9-10 symposium on the BRAIN Initiative, a research program championed by President Obama. It will include representatives from Medtronic, Boston Scientific, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Cyberonics, Greatbatch and Siemens to discuss their role in the public/private partnership. More

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Wyss spins out pathogen-capturing tech into upstart biotech. Story | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: CDK 4/6 inhibition (no. 2) With FDA 'breakthrough' in hand, Eli Lilly shoots for accelerated abemaciclib OK. Report | Follow @JohnCFierce

> With FDA 'breakthrough' in hand, Eli Lilly shoots for accelerated abemaciclib OK. Story

> The most hated man in biotech is still confident of a comeback. Editor's corner

> Octapharma buys into Glycotope with an €80M cash deal. News

> Feeling the biotech chill, CytomX stumbles onto Nasdaq with an $80M IPO. Article

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Cipla, Serum partner to provide vaccines in S. Africa. More | Follow @FiercePharma

@EricPFierce: Sanofi's Kansas City, MO plant back on the block as its August 2016 closing looms. Story | Follow @EricPFierce

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> Oncologists' pricing pushback mounts as docs snub costly me-too drugs. News

> Big Pharma teams up to defeat drug pricing proposal in California. More

Vaccines News

> FDA puts clinical hold on Advaxis' cervical cancer vaccine. More

> Allegheny General Hospital joins Sanofi's Cdiffense PhIII trial. Report

> Cipla, Serum partner to provide vaccines in S. Africa. Story

> Pfizer completes acquisition of two GSK meningitis vaccines. Item

> With PhII data, Genocea's herpes jab continues on blockbuster path, CEO says. Article

CRO News

> WuXi takes its genomics biz to Qatar with new hospital partnership. Report

> Evotec inks a $4.9M deal for oncology R&D. More

> PPD signs a pair of federal deals for battlefield health, flu readiness. Story

> INC bolsters its Phase I platform with new cardiac tech. Item

> Charles River signs a trio of deals in drug discovery. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Cipla moves forward with deal for plant in Algeria. Item

> Investor buys Italian CDMO with plans to roll up others. Report

> Hospira manufacturing mess-up leads to PharMEDium recalls. Story

> Sanofi puts Allegra plant in U.S. back up for sale. Article

Pharma Asia News

> Japan's SymBio partners with Medicines Co. on pain reliever Ionsys. Item

> China gets its due with Nobel, but research problems still remain. Report

> China Biologic subsidiary inks deal to source raw plasma. More

> Singapore's TauRx completes $135M fundraising for PhIII Alzheimer's work. Article

> China's BeiGene snaps up Pfizer executive to run manufacturing ops. Story