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Sanofi finally unloads an embattled R&D site in $270M Evotec deal

Sanofi is shipping more than 200 researchers to German outsourcing firm Evotec as it finally gets out of a French R&D site whose fate led to a squabble with the local government, reaching a compromise the company believes will leave all sides appeased.

Cloud Pharmaceuticals allies with U. of Florida to advance in silico pipeline

Cloud Pharmaceuticals has taken the next step in its push to create a pipeline of drugs discovered using a computer-based design process, hooking up with the University of Florida to transition its computer-discovered drugs into traditional preclinical research.

Maker of microspheres for local delivery of radiation suffers clinical trial setback

Sirtex Medical's clinical trial of its microspheres for targeted delivery of radioactive particles did not live up to expectations. Investors dumped the Australian company's stock in a hurry beginning March 13. It began the following week at $15, or a stunning 60% lower than before the bad news was delivered.

What, Juno Therapeutics worried about its cash burn? Not likely

Juno Therapeutics quickly built a reputation as one of the hottest biotechs in the world, raising hundreds of millions of dollars inside a year and capping it with a go-go IPO for its cancer drug pipeline that helped inspire a surge for the sector. And now that the newly public biotech has filed its first 10-K, Juno can feel the backlash as it outlines just how fast it can spend that huge cache of cash, missing a consensus estimate on projected losses by a market mile.

Google's mystery biotech Calico partners with the Broad on aging-related drugs

Slowly but surely, Google's star-driven biotech Calico is laying the foundation for what promises to be a major biotech focused on some of the biggest diseases that limit longevity. There's a Big Pharma partnership with AbbVie, a development deal down in Texas and now it's time to team up with top scientists. Earlier in the week Harvard and MIT's renowned Broad Institute signed on to work with Calico on pushing new therapies into the clinic.

Crohn's expert flags blockbuster potential--and frets--of Celgene's mongersen

Celgene just got both an endorsement as well as a few challenges in a review of the midstage study for mongersen, an experimental drug for Crohn's disease that will soon be part of the big biotech's late-stage pipeline, with a Phase III study looming.

Allergy Therapeutics scores $30M to finish grass allergy vaccine

After a damaging delay back in 2007, Worthing, U.K.-based Allergy Therapeutics is attempting to revive its Pollinex Quattro Grass allergy vaccine. And now, it has some new funding to help it do just that.

Sirtex gets hammered on failed cancer study

Shares of Australia's Sirtex Medical were slammed hard after the biotech reported that its liver cancer therapy failed a closely watched clinical study.

Vivo Capital doubles down to close $750M U.S.-China healthcare fund

Vivo Capital has closed an oversubscribed eighth fund at $750 million to invest in later-stage pharma and medical device companies in the U.S. and revenue-stage companies in greater China. That's precisely twice the size of its prior fund, which closed at $375 million in January 2012.

Invitae to focus on adding genetic tests, securing reimbursement in 2015

Invitae will spend the year focusing on surpassing the 500-gene mark on its genetic testing menu and building strong relationships with payers, company officials said during its first-ever Q4 2014 earnings call as a publicly listed company. The company raised $102 million in a February IPO that priced above its range and was upsized.