Watson hires reps for women's health push; India's Piramal offloads diagnostics unit;

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> Watson Pharmaceutical added 19 reps to its women's health sales force to support a newly acquired progesterone gel, marketed as Crinone and Prochieve. Report

> Drugmaker Piramal Healthcare says it will sell its diagnostic services unit to Super Religare Laboratories (SRL) to focus on fewer and larger businesses left in its basket. Report

> A former Pfizer SVP has joined Berlin Pharmaceutical, Thailand's leading generics maker, as CEO and director. Release

> Cubist Pharmaceuticals says Cubicin succeeded in a mid-stage trial that tested it as a treatment for antibiotic-resistant infections of prosthetic hip and knee joints. Report

> U.K. manufacturer SCM Pharma has picked up five new contracts that could be worth more than £1.5m a year and is now concentrating on the U.S. market to help secure further work. Report

> Human Genome Sciences says Lonza will be the commercial supplier for its experimental lupus drug. Report

> Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has won FDA approval to sell a generic version of Purdue Pharmaceutical's Uniphyl for the treatment of respiratory disorders. Report

> Dr Reddy's Laboratories got the final FDA nod to manufacture and market desloratadine, a generic form of the allergy drug Clarinex, in 2.5- and 5-mg strengths. Report

> Shire was upped to outperfrom from neutral by Credit Suisse, which likes the drugmaker's top-line-driven approach. Report

Biotech News

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> Trevena lands $35M round to fund its first Phase II. Story

> Late-stage Alzheimer's drug targets two key culprits. Item

> Preterm birth drug app heads back to FDA. Story

> Pacific Biosciences adds $109M to its venture haul. Article

Drug Delivery News

> Prosonix, Trimel breathe easier with inhalation partnership. News

> Mice cured of cancer thanks to UCLA's nanoparticles. Story

> SurModics drug delivery tech has day in the sun with Clinuvel. News

> Researchers cook up batch of self-assembling drug delivery vehicles. Article

Biomarkers News

> Roche licenses key cancer biomarker from Qiagen. Item

> UCSF probes new telomere biomarker. Report

> Biomarkers promise to revolutionize Alzheimer's research. News

Medical Device News

> Biolase downsizes, looks to cut costs. Article

> J&J to buy Micrus Endovascular for $480 million. Story

> Ventus raises $40 million, names new CEO. Item

And Finally... People suffering from Alzheimer's disease who have large heads seem to have better thinking skills and memory compared to those with Alzheimer's who have smaller heads, new research shows. Report