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In a squeaker, FierceBiotech readers warn of a biotech bubble

The big question of the day is whether the unprecedented bull market we've been seeing generate billions of dollars for biotech is sustainable or has transformed into a fragile bubble ready to pop. And we decided to put that question to our audience of subscribers, looking for a revealing snapshot of what the industry is thinking today.

Nimbus bags $43M from Big Pharma VCs to test computer-designed drugs

Nimbus Therapeutics is ready to see how the compounds it discovered with the help of Schrödinger's computational chemistry tools fare in the clinic. And the VC units of Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer want to find out, too, prompting each to chip in to Nimbus' $43 million Series B round.

Which pharma needs its cash cow most? It's not just about numbers

Ten companies count on one top product to supply a major chunk of their sales, the business news site Quartz calculates. And several of those are either anticipating some serious pain from a near-term patent expiration or already suffering from competition.

Patient groups still think ViiV is tops, with Novo and AbbVie close behind

Big Pharma's image among patient groups got a boost last year, but biotech is still winning the popularity contest.

Big Pharma farms out safety monitoring to $2B-and-growing industry

Big Pharma has been hiring out all sorts of functions companies once did in-house: sales, manufacturing, and IT services, to name a few. But according to  The Wall Street Journal, one of the fastest-growing fields for pharma contractors isn't any of these. It's drug safety.

Strong dollar plus strong franc equals worries for global Big Pharma

When it comes to currency, it's not been a good couple of weeks for multinational drugmakers. Switzerland's move to decouple the franc from the euro last week raised questions about the effects on Basel-based Roche and Novartis. And now, Johnson & Johnson's fourth-quarter results and 2015 forecast are triggering more foreign exchange worries.

With Swiss pickup, Pfizer adds CMV candidate to growing vaccines unit

After 2014's growth spurt, Pfizer's vaccines unit is not done expanding. The pharma giant has grabbed privately held Swiss company Redvax for an undisclosed sum, adding a preclinical human cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate and a tech platform and IP related to a second, undisclosed vaccine program.

New treatments look to ambush the old in some of pharma's key drug classes

A steady flow of new drugs in 2014--and a slate of anticipated launches in 2015--have established brands defending their titles and newcomers looking to land a gut-punch or two, if not a knockout.

Approvals aren't enough; Big Pharma R&D restructuring will continue

Here's a perennial favorite among the top trends in the industry. About six years ago, most of Big Pharma got serious about one of its biggest problems: they were really, really bad at drug development.

In a welcome surprise, China plans to deep-six price caps on drugs

Some good news for emerging-market ambitions: China is backpedaling on price caps. After shortages prompted the government to ease up on certain price controls earlier this year, officials are now preparing to lift the price controls as early as Jan. 1.