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  • AstraZeneca cancer pipeline likely draw for Pfizer Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 6:16 PM ET
    A Pfizer technician as she works at Neusentis Ltd.'s research laboratory, a unit of Pfizer Inc., in Cambridge, U.K., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

    Pfizer Inc may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca Plc after its reported 60 billion pound takeover approach was rejected.

  • AstraZeneca cancer pipeline seen as draw for Pfizer Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 6:55 AM ET

    LONDON, April 21- Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise.

  • ZURICH, April 15- A strong uptake of new cancer medicines helped Roche to limit a decline in first-quarter sales and the Swiss company confirmed a forecast for higher earnings this year.

  • April 14- Merck& Co said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved its grass pollen allergy drug Grastek, becoming the second such immunotherapy treatment to be given the go-ahead in recent weeks.

  • Medical appliance stocks: Analyst shares her picks Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    An Edwards Lifesciences Corp. SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve is assembled in a training room at company headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

    Shagun Chadha shares her top pick among medical appliance companies and gives other sector names she likes as well.

  • LONDON, April 2- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has stopped a high-profile clinical trial using a novel vaccine to fight lung cancer after deciding it will not be possible to find a sub-group of patients who might benefit.

  • April 1- France's Stallergenes said on Tuesday it received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's green light to sell its immunotherapy pill Oralair for treating grass allergies. Oralair was approved in the European Union in 2008 and is also sold in Canada, Australia and Russia for the treatment of grass pollen allergy.

  • March 31- Curis Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed it to resume testing of its experimental cancer drug, lifting a November order halting enrolment in an early-stage trial. Curis acquired the license to develop and market the treatment from Genentech, a unit of the Roche Holding AG, for an upfront payment of $9.5 million in November 2012.

  • March 27- Baxter International Inc said it would spin off its biotechnology operations into a publicly traded company by the middle of next year, leaving behind its core medical technology business.

  • *Sanofi hopes to deliver first doses in late 2015. *Sanofi has spent over 1.3 bln euros on project.

  • *Novartis reviewing fate of animal health, vaccines and OTC units. BASEL, Switzerland, March 20- Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez is taking a hard look at the drugmaker's smaller businesses as he reshapes the company for what he expects to be a "brutal" new era in healthcare spending.

  • *MAGE-A3 fails to hit goal in Phase III lung cancer trial. March 20- An experimental cancer vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has failed in a second test- this time against lung cancer- but the British company said it still hoped to identify a sub-group of patients in which it would work.

  • March 20- An experimental cancer vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has failed in a second test- this time against lung cancer- but the British group said it still hoped to find a sub-group of patients in which it would work.

  • March 18- Shares of Galena Biopharma Inc fell as much as 21 percent on Tuesday after the company said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating its dealings with an external investor-relations firm.

  • Rivals race to develop new biotech asthma drugs Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    *Rivals include Roche, AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Teva. LONDON, March 18- Rival firms are racing to develop injectable biotech asthma drugs for patients with severe disease who don't respond well to traditional inhalers, in pursuit of a new market worth a possible $7.5 billion.

  • March 14- An experimental Amgen Inc cancer vaccine used to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, proved effective in a late-stage study in shrinking tumors in a way that suggests the drug triggered the intended systemic immune response, according to data presented on Friday.

  • March 10- Germany has granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug in the country, the company said, and its stock jumped as much as 36 percent.

  • March 10- German health regulators have granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug, DCVax-L, in the country, even though the small U.S. biotechnology company has not yet completed its late-stage trial of the immunotherapy.

  • Gene therapy may offer "functional" cure for HIV Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    Data from the small study of the Sangamo BioSciences therapy, known by the code name SB-728-T, were issued in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first publication of data from a human trial of a technology called "gene editing." The Phase 1 trial, led by the University of Pennsylvania, enrolled 12 HIV patients.

  • Ancient master goldsmiths were master crooks, too Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 2:44 PM ET
    Metal workers from the time of ancient Rome were experts at shiny finishes.

    Metal workers 2,000 years ago perfected plating techniques that modern methods can't touch. Some probably coated cheap metal or wood objects in a gilded skin and sold them for big profits. NBC reports.