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Biogen Idec to Acquire Stromedix

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Stromedix, Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Biogen Idec will acquire Stromedix Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on innovative therapies for fibrosis and organ failure. Under the terms of the agreement, Biogen Idec will make an upfront cash payment of $75 million and additional contingent value payments of up to $487.5 million based on the achievement of certain development and approval milestones across multiple indications.

Evotec and Harvard University Expand Strategic Alliance into Kidney Disease

Evotec AG recently announced a second strategic alliance with Harvard University, this time including Brigham and Women’s Hospital aimed at discovering and developing new biomarkers and treatments in the field of kidney disease. The first successful collaboration ‘CureBeta’ was established in March 2011 to develop new diabetes therapies targeting beta cell regeneration.

Foundation Medicine Announces Collaboration with Sanofi

Foundation Medicine, Inc., a molecular information company that brings comprehensive cancer genome analysis to routine clinical care, today announced the initiation of a strategic collaboration with Sanofi. Foundation Medicine will use their genomic sequencing and analytic capabilities to identify genetic biomarkers and potential companion diagnostics for select Sanofi oncology drug candidates. This is Foundation Medicine’s fifth major pharmaceutical company alliance, each of which utilizes the company’s comprehensive technology for providing a fully informative molecular cancer profile.

HistoRx Licenses Melanoma Assay from Yale University

HistoRx recently licensed from Yale University a new clinical diagnostic assay based on AQUA technology. This assay enables doctors treating patients with melanoma to identify a subset of those patients who, despite having no detectable cancer in their lymph nodes, have a 40% risk of recurrence of their disease. AQUA technology is an automated, quantitative IHC testing method that enables measurement of protein biomarkers in tissue as an aid to a pathologist’s diagnosis. Such precise determination of first, the location within the tumor cell and second, the amount in each location is not possible with conventional testing methods, such as standard immunohistochemistry (IHC).

The FNIH Biomarkers Consortium Launches Project to Improve Diagnosis of Kidney Injury

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium announced today the launch of a two-year clinical study aiming to advance the acceptance of new biomarkers designed to detect drug-induced kidney injury in clinical trials. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium (PSTC), a public-private partnership founded by the Arizona-based non-profit Critical Path Institute (C-Path).