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  • --Amgen in late 2012 bought Decode Genetics for $415 million in cash to gain access to a database of complete genetic sequences of 2,636 Icelanders. --In January 2014, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc signed a deal with Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania to sequence DNA from as many as 250,000 volunteers from Geisinger's pool of 3 million patients.

  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, which signed a deal with Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System in January 2014 to sequence partial genomes of some 250,000 volunteers, is already claiming discoveries based on the new approach. Pfizer Inc, Roche Holding AG and Biogen Inc are working on similar projects that use DNA and patient health data to find new drug...

  • May 7- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said it expects sales of blockbuster eye drug Eylea to grow even more quickly following data that showed it was superior to rival treatments. Sales of Eylea in the United States leapt 51 percent to $541 million in the first quarter ended March 31, helping the company's adjusted profit handsomely beat the average analyst...

  • NEW YORK, May 6- Drugmakers are building safety "switches" that can be used to turn off powerful cancer therapies known as CAR T cells when they cause life-threatening inflammation or attack healthy tissue. *Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc has developed a "switch" by genetically programming a CAR T cell to kill itself when exposed to a drug called rimiducid,...

  • IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 5- Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be...

  • Lightning Round: It's too hot to touch Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 6:51 PM ET
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    Are you ready skeedaddy???!!! It's time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.

  • Biotech wins $45 million grant for Ebola vaccine Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 9:28 AM ET
    Dr. Joseph Kim, founder of Inovio Pharmaceuticals

    Today's vaccine debate will be outdated if Inovio succeeds in developing DNA vaccines. Imagine a single needle shot that can cure Ebola.

  • March 27- Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc said its experimental eye drug failed the main goal in a mid-stage study as a combination therapy, sending the company's shares plunging 64 percent in premarket trading on Friday. The study tested the eye-drop solution, OHR-102, in combination with Roche Holding AG's injectable eye drug Lucentis, in patients with the wet...

  • March 27- Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc said its experimental eye drug failed the main goal in a mid-stage study as a combination therapy, sending the company's shares down 21 percent in premarket trading on Friday.

  • Drugs companies unite to mine genetic data Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:25 AM ET

    Major pharmaceuticals companies have formed a partnership with Genomics England in the first step towards using genetic data from NHS patients.

  • NEW YORK, March 22- As the dollar surged in the last 12 months, David Marcus, head of the Evermore Global Value fund, steadily increased his stake in Europe. Demand for a way to hedge currency exposure while investing in Europe helped the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund bring in $5.3 billion in new assets over the first two months of the year, the most of any equity...

  • Cramer Remix: Cha-ching! Time to cash in Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on the set of Mad Money

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  • March 20- An experimental drug from Biogen Idec Inc became the first Alzheimer's treatment to significantly slow cognitive decline and reduce what is believed to be brain-destroying plaque in patients with early and mild forms of the disease, according to a small study likely to reignite hopes of a treatment. Biogen is entering a field littered with...

  • Biogen Alzheimer's drug shows promise, shares up Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:05 AM ET
    A multiple sclerosis drug manufactured at the Biogen Idec manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Mass.

    A Biogen Alzheimer's drug showed a significant slowing of the disease's hallmark cognitive declines.

  • Why biotech investors may be hurting innovation Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 3:27 PM ET
    Biotech

    Over the past five years, investor money is increasingly moving toward consumer software and later-stage life science ventures, a trend that could help develop new treatments.

  • Arrowhead buys Novartis' RNAi portfolio Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    March 5- Arrowhead Research Corp said it acquired Novartis AG's RNAi assets to fortify its position in the field of gene therapy that aims to wipe out disease-causing proteins. Novartis is eligible to receive $25 million in Arrowhead shares within 30 days, which would make it the second-largest shareholder based on Arrowhead's market value on Wednesday.

  • These 10 stocks could be due for a shake-up this year Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    Exxon Mobil

    Data from eVestment show which stocks are poised to make a big run in 2015, based on the names institutional investors have already been trading.

  • Feb 25- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Actavis Plc's antibiotic, Avycaz, to battle drug-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Although a number of companies including Roche Holdings AG, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc, Achaogen Inc and Cempra Inc, are developing drugs for a variety of superbugs, Gabelli& Co analyst Kevin...

  • Feb 26- Diagnostics company Corgenix Medical Corp said on Thursday U.S. health regulators had approved its rapid Ebola test for emergency use, in response to the world's worst outbreak of the virus that killed more than 10,000 so far. The company's ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, which involves putting a drop of blood on a paper strip and waiting for at least 15 minutes...

  • UPDATE 1-Actavis' superbug antibiotic gets U.S. approval Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Feb 25- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Actavis Plc's antibiotic, Avycaz, to battle drug-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Although a number of companies including Roche Holdings AG, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc, Achaogen Inc and Cempra Inc, are developing drugs for a variety of superbugs, Gabelli& Co analyst Kevin...