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No artful tax dodging here, drug firms tell Australia transfer-price inquiry

We checked and everything is done correctly on our tax obligations, 9 drug companies said in separate submissions ahead of testimony on July 1 to an Australian Senate inquiry on tax avoidance.

Vectura poaches key AZ respiratory exec to replace departing CEO

What's in the water at AstraZeneca? Maybe it's an elixir for top managers who want to run a smaller drugmaker. Maybe it's an anti-Big Pharma potion. Either way, it means a second high-level exec has left the U.K.-based drugmaker for a CEO post elsewhere.

Another AZ exec jumps ship for CEO job at smaller drugmaker

AstraZeneca has lost its second top executive in less than two weeks, as VP James Ward-Lilley bids goodbye to Big Pharma to run the respiratory specialist Vectura--which happens to have partnerships with AZ lung-drug rivals GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis.

Emerging markets still beat elsewhere for Big Pharma growth, with AstraZeneca in the lead

Growth in emerging markets may be slowing, but pharma sales there are still outpacing those everywhere else. And if recent numbers are any indication, AstraZeneca is topping its rivals for emerging markets expansion.

AstraZeneca nabs top pharma ad award at Cannes amid slim product-specific field

AstraZeneca and its agency DigitasLBI won the top award for pharma at the Cannes' Lions Health awards, for its disease awareness campaign "Take it From a Fish" about the importance of triglycerides. It was the first time a top award was given in pharma, as last year's judges did not select a Pharma Grand Prix winner.

FierceBiotech Radio at #BIO2015

FierceBiotech Radio is back with a two-part special from the BIO conference in Philadelphia.

Video: Blazing a short path to an accelerated approval in oncology

At the 2015 BIO conference in Philadelphia, FierceBiotech Editor-in-Chief John Carroll moderates a discussion on the future of cancer R&D, featuring leaders from AstraZeneca, Juno Therapeutics, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline.

Vets and pharma execs gather in DC to trade notes on pets in cancer research

Last week, the National Academies' Institute of Medicine hosted a two-day conference in Washington, DC, to promote the field of "comparative oncology"--translational research in pet dogs and cats that develop cancer naturally and therefore can provide important clues to aid human drug development. The event featured more than two dozen veterinarians and scientists, who covered a range of topics, from canine tumor genetics to appropriate trial design for veterinary clinical trials.

Pam Cheng leaves Merck for top manufacturing job at AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca has snatched a Merck executive to oversee its manufacturing and supply chain operations. The U.K. company said that Pam Cheng, who most recently was president of Merck/MSD China, was named executive vice president and will report directly to AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot.

AstraZeneca spells out key failures for gout drug in PhIII

AstraZeneca says that its experimental gout drug lesinurad failed to hit the primary biomarker target for the dose that it's now seeking regulatory approval for in the U.S. and Europe. And this latest Phase III--the last of a trio--continues to demonstrate that the pharma giant can't land evidence that the drug provides a clear benefit to patients in the time allotted for the study.