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  • The World Health Organization has declared the West African epidemic a public health emergency, reviving interest in antiviral drugs that could treat Ebola. Companies such as Tekmira Pharmaceutical Corp, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc and NanoViricides Inc have drugs that are still in pre-clinical trials, meaning they are yet to be tested in humans.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Drugmakers' use of the tobacco plant as a fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatments is gaining global attention because of its role in an experimental Ebola therapy.

  • The drug, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, was used to treat two workers from the Samaritan's Purse group who were exposed to the disease in Liberia, according to a U.S. government health official. The official said the treatment was administered in Liberia.

  • LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for use in children in Africa.

  • UPDATE 2-Gambro acquisition boosts Baxter's sales Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    July 17- Medical device and drug maker Baxter International Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly adjusted earnings, driven primarily by a surge in sales of the dialysis products it gained from its acquisition of Gambro AB last year.

  • Sanofi dengue vaccine promising but questions remain Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    PARIS, July 11- The first vaccine against dengue fever, from France's Sanofi, provided moderate protection in a large clinical study, but questions remain as to how well it can help fight the world's fastest-growing tropical disease.

  • French biotechs court U.S. investors amid wave of IPOs Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    PARIS, June 25- Eighteen French biotech firms, several newly listed on the Paris stock market, head to New York on Wednesday and Thursday to convince U.S. investors to help fund the next stages of their research and development.

  • June 24- A late-stage trial testing Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's cancer immunotherapy nivolumab in advanced melanoma patients was halted early after it was determined that the drug was likely to prolong survival, the company said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- A GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Canada that makes the flu vaccine Flulaval has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to meet quality control standards.

  • June 18- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, which failed last month in a $118 billion bid to buy AstraZeneca, said on Wednesday it had signed a deal with French biotech Cellectis to develop immunotherapy drugs in cancer. Under the new deal, Cellectis will receive an upfront payment of $80 million, as well as funding for research costs.

  • AstraZeneca Chair: Shareholders, 'vote me away' Monday, 19 May 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    As AstraZeneca's shares slid following its rejection of Pfizer's new bid, the company's chairman said he was "reasonably confident" it was the right decision.

  • Euro strength still hurting business: DSM CFO Friday, 9 May 2014 | 3:47 AM ET

    The escalating euro continues to harm business, the chief financial officer of Royal DSM told CNBC, a day after the single currency took a beating.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • More Women Choosing Preventive Mastectomies Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:34 PM ET
    Angelina Jolie

    The number of women choosing to have preventive mastectomies has risen by almost 50 percent in recent years, and surveys show they are happy with the decision.

  • Public Doubt on Bird Flu a Ghost of China's Past Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 10:26 PM ET

    China has earned praise from international scientists for its handling of an outbreak of a deadly new bird flu, but a history of public health cover-ups means the Chinese public is harder to win over.

  • China's Bird Flu Outbreak Not Cause for Panic: WHO Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 4:57 AM ET

    A strain of bird flu that has been found in humans for the first time in eastern China is not a cause for panic, the World Health Organization said on Monday, even as the number of people infected rose to 21, with six deaths.

  • CNBC's Jon Fortt speaks with Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Chairman Art Levinson about a new foundation to offer a $33 million prize for life science research. "We all think our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers and engineers," he says.

  • With Group Effort, Japan Suicides Fall to 15-Year Low Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 7:56 PM ET

    Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. But last year the number of suicides fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks in part to community efforts. The CSM reports.

  • Eli Lilly will be "very challenged" by the loss of exclusivity on several blockbuster drugs, CEO John Lechleiter told CNBC on Tuesday, but added the company can manage its growth in response.