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1) Takeda Pharmaceuticals to move U.S. vaccine headquarters to Cambridge area – BBJ, 6/2/15
Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced it will move the U.S. headquarters for its unit devoted to developing vaccines for diseases like norovirus, dengue and seasonal influenza to the Cambridge area.
2) EMD Millipore set for expansion with $17b takeover – Boston Globe, 5/29/15
EMD Millipore, begun in 1954 as a local filtration company, is poised to become a much larger player in the fast-growing business of supplying life sciences equipment to drug makers and research labs worldwide. The company is set to complete its $17 billion takeover of Sigma-Aldrich Corp. this summer. The deal will boost the company’s global sales more than 70 percent to about $6 billion annually and double its global workforce to 20,000, including more than 1,000 in Massachusetts.
3) National cancer trial to use technology from Waltham company – BBJ, 6/1/15
Does the secret to curing a person’s cancer lie in their DNA?
That’s what scientists hope, and they will use genetic sequencing technology from Waltham-based Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) to look for mutations within a person’s DNA to match them with the best cancer medicine.
4) BU scientist uses existing drugs in fight against Ebola – Boston Globe, 6/4/15
Hoping to develop a drug against Ebola, but lacking the $1 billion to bring a new medicine to market, Boston University infectious disease researcher Gene Olinger turned to a more affordable source of drugs — those already available at his local pharmacy.
5) A year after emerging from coma, Boylston teen to showcase invention on world’s biotech stage – BBJ, 6/4/15
A Central Massachusetts teen is headed to Philadelphia next week to show off his discovery of a biodegradable replacement for plastic before hundreds of the world’s biggest biotech firms. His travel to the conference is being funded by the state’s industry group, MassBio.