Spotlight On... Novartis finds buyer to save 270 jobs at German plant; Sanofi, Google win EU nod for diabetes JV; Lupin eyes Japan growth; Pharma lines up against reviving pay-for-delay suit; and more...

Novartis ($NVS) was all set to close the door on a Sandoz intermediates plant in Germany last year, thanks to some hefty competition from Asia. But now, the Swiss pharma giant has a buyer willing to take the plant--and salvage the 270 jobs that would have been chopped. More from FiercePharmaManufacturing

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> Sanofi ($SNY) won European approval for its diabetes-focused joint venture with Google's parent company Alphabet ($GOOG). Report

> India's Lupin plans to invest in Japan, with hopes of getting 20 drugs to market there in the coming quarters. Report

> In amicus briefs, two pharma industry groups urged the Third Circuit to affirm a lower court ruling that tossed out a pay-for-delay case against Pfizer's ($PFE) Wyeth unit and generics maker Teva ($TEVA). Report

> Pfizer asked a U.S. district judge to bar some expert testimony in pending lawsuits over alleged birth defects linked to its antidepressant Zoloft; Legal Intelligencer judged the litigation "on the verge of collapse." Report

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> Boston Scientific's Brazilian operations under investigation, as co-founder to depart. More

> J&J's LifeScan rolls out blood glucose meter with color-based results. News

Biotech News

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> Backed by Bill Gates, low-profile Exicure steps into spotlight with a $42M R&D gamble. Story

> Booming WuXi eyes $1.5B IPO for biologics unit: report. More

CRO News

> A year after its LabCorp buyout, Covance posts steady sales. More

> WuXi's reportedly spinning off its biologics biz in an IPO. Report

> Post-Pfizer Icagen pairs up with Aptuit for drug discovery. Story

> Deal-hungry Icon posts solid final quarter results. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Indian quality moves underway as industry, regulators meet. Report

> Indian pharma snaps up U.S. manufacturing with $1.5B worth of deals in 2015. More

> Japan's Mitsubishi Tanabe expected to have fast-production flu vaccine ready by 2019. Item

> Seqirus adding vax production facility in U.K. Story

> ICIG acquiring Novartis intermediates plant that was set to fold. Article

Pharma Asia News

> Japan's Otsuka announces new plan for delamanid to help curb TB. News

> India kicks off 'red line' guide on antibiotic overprescription. More

> Hong Kong seeks a seat at precision medicine services table. Report

> Indian drug firms bought big in 2015 M&A with U.S. manufacturing focus. Story

> Drug manufacturing quality standards push on in India. Article

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