Germany's Merck KGaA signed a licensing agreement with Menlo Park, CA-based Auxogyn to sell its fertility-enhancing diagnostic test in Europe and Canada with an option to extend the agreement to other countries.
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is partnering with Astellas, Eli Lilly, Lundbeck, Pfizer and Roche to launch an early-stage research consortium to study the genetic mechanisms at work in brain disorders.
Germany's Evotec subverts the traditional CRO model by cozying up to its development partners with risk-splitting deals, and the company's approach to R&D has attracted Debiopharm and Convergence Pharmaceuticals with programs in cancer and chronic pain.
CyVec and its immunoassay technology got a $10 million investment shot in the arm from Minneapolis-based Bio-Techne with an additional promise to acquire the company in the future if certain conditions are met.
John Reed's Basel-based pRED group at Roche has struck its first epigenetics deal, snapping up rights to Barcelona-based Oryzon's orphan cancer blocker ORY-1001, now being studied in the clinic for acute myeloid leukemia.
Roche's Ventana Medical Systems will work with Denmark's Genmab to come up with a companion diagnostic test to be paired with a targeted anticancer drug now in development.
Contract developer Particle Sciences has nailed down a deal with Actavis, lending its drug delivery expertise to the generics giant.
WuXi PharmaTech, China's largest pharma outsourcing outfit, is investing in a startup that makes tiny, edible bar codes designed to prevent drug counterfeiting, planning to offer the same technology to its manufacturing customers.
Global CRO Clinipace has agreed to manage clinical trials for Nexstim as the Finnish devicemaker works toward FDA approval for its neurostimulation therapy.
Alongside Swiss drugmaker Ferring and the World Health Organization, Merck is embarking on a multinational effort to develop an easily transportable treatment for excessive bleeding, hoping to curb global rates of postpartum hemorrhage among the world's poorest mothers.