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> Pfizer ($PFE) is leading a busy week of bond sales, issuing $4.5 billion. Report

> GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) has won approval for its £100 million ($168 million) plans to expand a pharmaceutical plant in Worthing, U.K. More

> Endo ($ENDP) has acquired from Zogenix ($ZGNX) the rights to its Sumavel DosePro, a needle-free delivery system for migraine treatment. Release

> Forest Labs ($FRX) is selling its building in Commack, NY. Story

> Reckitt Benckiser, looking for deal approval, has applied to New Zealand's Commerce Commission seeking clearance to acquire Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) K-Y brand and product assets. More

> Indonesian herbal medicine maker Sido Muncul is buying pharmaceutical firm PT Berlico Mulia Farma for about 150 billion rupiah ($13.1 million). More

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@VarunSaxena2: It's official: Alere is spinning off its diagnostics biz. More | Follow @VarunSaxena2

@MichaelGFierce: From Harvard Research: Herpes-loaded stem cells used to kill brain tumors. More | Follow @MichaelGFierce

@EmilyWFierce: Gelesis brought in $12M for superabsorbent hydrogel technology that swells in the stomach to treat obesity. More from MedCityNews | Follow @EmilyWFierce

> Acufocus gears up for FDA scrutiny on corneal implant. Item

> It's official: Alere is spinning off its diagnostics biz. Article

> CMS closer to coverage for Abbott's MitraClip. More

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> AstraZeneca slaps down Pfizer's 'final' $119B takeover bid. More

> Boehringer, InterMune wow IPF field with a slate of groundbreaking trial data. Story

> Another animal health biotech plots an IPO. Item

CRO News

> WuXi wraps up construction on a new biologics shop. Item

> Bayer agrees to share trial data, but not without a list of caveats. Article

> PRA amps up its biologics footprint amid industry shift. Story

> Evotec's hybrid CRO approach pays off in Q1. More

> WuXi scores more double-digit growth amid its global expansion. Report

Biotech IT News

> Venter nabs AstraZeneca's R&D IT chief for Human Longevity. News

> Bayer, Boehringer extend access to clinical trial data. Item

> NIH lays out up to $20B in IT spending over coming decade. More

> HCL Tech adds Novartis to roster of Big Pharma clients. Story

> GSK signs up to access Metabolon's bioinformatics tools. Article

And Finally... Which is better at detecting cancer, a laboratory or a Labrador retriever? It could be the latter. Story

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