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Nycomed announced that it is significantly expanding its presence in China through the acquisition of a majority stake in Guangdong Techpool Bio-Pharma Co., Ltd. (Techpool), a fast-growing Chinese bio-pharmaceutical company based in Guangdong. Techpool, founded in 1993, specialises in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of biologic drugs derived from natural sources.

APP Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresenius Kabi Pharmaceuticals Holding, Inc., announced that it has entered into a commercialization, manufacture and supply agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., to manufacture and market Gemcitabine HCI for Injection. Under the terms of the agreement APP has been granted a license to market Gemcitabine HCI for Injection in 200 mg and 1 g single dose vials during the 180 day Hatch Waxman exclusivity period. APP plans to launch Gemcitabine immediately.

Merck reported that final results from two pivotal Phase III studies of boceprevir, its investigational oral hepatitis C protease inhibitor, demonstrated significantly higher sustained virologic response (SVR)1 rates in adult patients who previously failed treatment (treatment-failure; HCV RESPOND-2) and in adult patients who were new to treatment (treatment-naïve; HCV SPRINT-2) for chronic hepatitis.

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