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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 30- Pfizer Inc is the mystery bidder for Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, the rare disease specialist which disclosed this week that a potential buyer had made a preliminary offer, people with knowledge of the situation said. Sobi did not identify its potential acquirer when it revealed on Monday that it had received an approach, but Biogen and...

  • April 29- Amgen Inc's skin cancer immunotherapy showed enough efficacy in the treatment of melanoma to be given marketing approval, an independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday. Amgen said on Wednesday that T-Vec was more effective in melanoma patients whose cancer had not spread to internal organs.

  • April 29- Amgen Inc's skin cancer immunotherapy showed enough efficacy in the treatment of melanoma to be given marketing approval, an independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday. The panel voted 22-1 supporting an approval for the therapy, talimogene laherparepvec or "T-Vec", an engineered virus that kills cancer...

  • This wearable robot helps people walk   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    This wearable robot helps people walk

    Nathan Harding, CEO and co-founder of Ekso Bionics, says the company has produced what is essentially a wearable robot that helps retrain anyone to walk.

  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...

  • Biogen takes on Alzheimer's   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:29 PM ET
    alzheimer's

    George Scangos, Biogen CEO, discusses progress in clinical trials for Alzheimer's treatments, and the outlook for its multiple sclerosis Tecfidera drug.

  • CNBC update: 12 killed in Brazilian landslide   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:31 AM ET
    CNBC update: 12 killed in Brazilian landslide

    Rescuers continue to look for victims from the Nepal earthquake; police investigate a possible attack on a U.S. army base in Japan; and a new experimental shingles vaccine is found effective, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Dollar hits Pfizer; Merck 'blew away' estimates Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:04 AM ET
    Tablets of Pfizer Inc.'s Lipitor and Merck & Co.'s Zocor.

    Pfizer reported a 4 percent drop in quarterly revenue, while Merck posted earnings that topped expectations.

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys. The United States wants China to limit trade only from states or regions that have had cases of the flu, which is deadly to poultry, Vilsack told reporters. Cases of avian flu prompted China and South...

  • *FDA cites concerns over late-stage study design, results. April 27- U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers said an accelerated review of drugmaker Amgen Inc's skin cancer immunotherapy cannot be considered at this time, citing concerns over the design and results of a key study. T-Vec represents a new class of agent for the treatment of metastatic...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously...

  • CHICAGO, April 26- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the effort to contain the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, the center said on Sunday. Starting Monday, 30 National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar, Minnesota- based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the...

  • CHICAGO, April 25- Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. Stephen Morse, an expert in emerging infections at Columbia University.

  • April 25- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its experimental drug cured hepatitis C in over 90 percent of patients in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi and a commonly prescribed drug, ribavirin, in a late-stage study. Bristol-Myers has been testing the drug, daclatasvir, in combination with Sovaldi after shelving plans to market another hepatitis C...

  • Aerie Pharma plummets   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    Aerie pharma plummets

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell gives a report on Aerie Pharmaceuticals and why biotech investing is tricky.

  • LONDON, April 24- European regulators have recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo, paving the way for it to become the first of a closely watched group of immune system-boosting cancer medicines to go on sale in Europe. It competes with Merck& Co's Keytruda, which is also on the market in the United States but not in Europe. Although Keytruda is...

  • LONDON, April 24- AstraZeneca is getting a $450 million windfall by letting Celgene develop a prized immunotherapy drug for blood cancers but its chief executive insists the deal is about strategy, not cash. Chief Executive Pascal Soriot, however, said he had been looking for a partner in blood cancers since last year and by teaming up with U.S.-based Celgene, a...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response of the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the United States. State health officials also said the state has been expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu, for farm workers and others...

  • Inside a $200 million health-care fraud scheme Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    Investigators say a New Jersey blood lab paid doctors to send blood work their way as part of a $200 million health-care scheme.