Roche is not in a rush to buy up Chugai; Merck's ex-innovation chief moves to Anthem subsidiary;

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> Roche ($RHHBY) said it is not in any hurry to buy the rest of Chugai Pharmaceutical that it doesn't already own and will instead continue to "fill gaps" in its portfolio and invest in Alzheimer's treatments. More

> Merck's ($MRK) ex-innovation chief, Dr. Sachin Jain, will begin work on Jan. 19 as chief medical officer of Anthem ($ANTM) subsidiary CareMore Health System. Story

> Roche is planning to sell its vacated property in Clifton, NJ, to Hackensack University Medical Center and Seton Hall University so the two can create a new medical facility. More

> Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and its U.S. subsidiary Sunovion Pharmaceuticals jointly filed patent infringement lawsuits against Emcure Pharmaceuticals and InvaGen Pharmaceuticals over potential generic copies of its schizophrenia drug Latuda. Article

Medical Device News

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@VarunSaxena2: Tekmira stock soars on acquisition of OnCore to strengthen hep B pipeline. Story | Follow @VarunSaxena2

@EmilyWFierce: Bard loses bid to delay vaginal mesh trial proceedings. Article | Follow @EmilyWFierce

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> At JP Morgan, Stryker CEO embraces sales reps, dismisses Smith & Nephew plan to eliminate them. More

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: The JP Morgan mood: Damn the valuations and full speed ahead in 2015. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Enanta plots a future in NASH, chasing another blockbuster. Story | Follow @JohnCFierce

> The 2015 biotech takeover target list includes some hot new players. More

> Canadian VC CTI unveils a $112M new biotech fund. Story

> An inside look at the FDA's approach to speeding new drug approvals. Article

Vaccines News

> Late-stage trials for Glaxo, Merck Ebola jabs could begin this month in West Africa. Story

> WHO approves MenAfriVac for routine infant immunization in sub-Saharan Africa. Report

> J&J partners with AC Immune on anti-tau Alzheimer's vaccine. More

> Pfizer developing cholesterol-fighting vaccine as part of PCSK9 'franchise.' Article

> China approves world's first inactivated Sabin polio vaccine. Item

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Hospira to close Clayton, NC, production plant. Story

> Indian state hires FDA's online education provider to train inspectors. Article

> FDA links saline supply chain mixup to patient death. News

> Piramal lines up $40M investment in equipment and technology. Item

> New FDA quality office to grade manufacturing operations. More

> Boehringer mulls sale of generic plant as stateside shakeup continues. Report

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