Wearable activity monitors used in DMD study; NIH seeks Alzheimer's biomarkers in Down's patients;

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> Catabasis Pharmaceuticals ($CATB) and ActiGraph are starting an observational study of Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients' daily physical activity using activity monitoring wearables from the latter. More

> The National Institutes of Health has launched an initiative to identify Alzheimer's biomarkers in people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome have Alzheimer's-related brain changes that can lead to early dementia. More

> University of Georgia researchers have developed a test of visual processing speed to identify brain function problems. More

Biotech News

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> KaloBios is back from the dead after Shkreli swoops in to 'save' its lead drug. Story

> Pfizer snags U.S. rights to Cellectis' white-hot CAR-T therapy. Article

> Silicon Valley VC shop Andreessen Horowitz sets up $200M bio fund. Report

Pharma News

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> Post-AASLD, Gilead's lead in hep C looks as solid as ever: analysts. Item

> Express Scripts rolls out value-based pricing for cancer meds. Report

CRO News

> WuXi lands a lead role in Genomics England's big project. Item

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> Fast-growing Charles River trades $36M for a drug discovery outfit. Article

> PRA expands in Singapore with eyes on Asian growth. Story

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Merck KGaA JV set to start producing drugs in remote Algerian village. More

> Shortages, shifts in sterile injectable market lead some prices to soar. Story

> Drug distributor recalls anxiety drug after wrong med found in a bottle. Report

> With pharma cargo theft on the rise, Thanksgiving can be a risky holiday. Item

> Hikma says FDA has closed out warning letter for EU injectables plant. Article

Pharma Asia News

> India's Supreme Court wants stricter oversight of MSD, GSK HPV clinical trials. More

> Price controls loom for generic drugs in India next year. Report

> Samsung Bioepis biosimilar may get nod in Europe. Story

> Mundipharma licenses Spectrum's NHL treatment, picks up Japan affiliate. Item

> GSK beefing up vaccine business in India. Article