INC bolsters its Phase I platform with new cardiac tech

INC Research added a new tool for early-stage safety studies, bringing in a new technology the company says will make Phase I cardiac trials more efficient.

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

Privately held CRO PPD scored two federal contracts tasking it with helping to improve health outcomes for active-duty soldiers and aiding with the government's stockpile of flu vaccines.

WuXi takes its genomics biz to Qatar with new hospital partnership

WuXi PharmaTech, working to expand the adoption of its new clinical genomics service, partnered up with a large Qatari hospital to sequence the genomes of patients and help guide treatment.

Belgian CRO genae reaches into Asia with new Tokyo hub

Genae, a med tech-focused CRO, opened a Japanese outpost to broaden its reach, setting up shop in Tokyo with eyes on the growing Asian market for medical devices.

Charles River signs a trio of deals in drug discovery

Preclinical CRO Charles River Laboratories brought in three new discovery contracts with outfits funded by the Wellcome Trust, lending its expertise in early-stage drug development.


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When the FDA last year yanked away its initial approval of Ranbaxy's generics of two blockbusters including the heartburn med Nexium, the Indian drugmaker fired back with a lawsuit against the FDA. But Ranbaxy is now owned by Sun Pharmaceutical, which sees no upside to fighting with the agency, and so it has dropped the litigation.


Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan is optimistic about sales of Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Jardiance. He's raised his rating on Lilly to outperform, lifting his stock price target to $105--25% above Thursday's closing price of $83.77.