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FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Biosimilar User Fees
By Amy Ritter
On Dec. 6, 2011, FDA announced that a public meeting will be held on Dec. 16, 2011 to discuss recommendations for a user fee program for biosimilar biological products for fiscal years 2013–2017.
Biogen Idec, Samsung Form Biosimilars Joint Venture
By Patricia Van Arnum
Samsung and Biogen Idec agreed to invest $300 million to establish a joint venture to develop, manufacture, and market biosimilars. The deal is Samsung's latest effort to strengthen its position in biosimilars.
AstraZeneca and MRC form Landmark Collaboration
By Rich Whitworth
In an initiative that could signal a new era in private–public partnerships, AstraZeneca will make 22 compounds available for free to medical researchers next year for projects funded by the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council.
UK Adopts Multimillion-Pound Life-Sciences Strategy
By Stephanie Sutton
The United Kingdom's life-sciences industry this week welcomed a new, multimillion-pound strategy that aims to both support the industry and encourage innovation in the unsettled economic climate.
PhRMA Foundation Funds Comparative-Effectiveness Research
By Erik Greb
Last week, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation awarded Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington each a $250,000 grant to establish a three-year graduate certificate program. The program is formally known as the PhRMA Foundation Center of Excellence for a Comparative-Effectiveness Research Educational Program. The funds are the foundation's first grants to educational institutions.
Week of Dec. 5, 2011: Merck Establishes New MSD R&D Asia Headquarters; Astellas Adds Two Senior Executives at Agensys; and More
Merck Establishes New MSD R&D Asia Headquarters; Astellas Adds Two Senior Executives at Agensys; and More.

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