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Ebola roundup: J&J invests $200M in R&D, Glaxo says vaccine will come too late

As the Ebola outbreak continues with deadly momentum, drugmakers are working at lightning speed to develop a vaccine.

Novartis drafts TV celeb Nick Cannon to talk up importance of flu vaccines

To help show Americans just how important its flu vaccines are, Novartis has teamed up with entertainer Nick Cannon, who's advising consumers to prepare for flu season by getting their shots and stocking up on the Swiss pharma's over-the-counter remedy, Theraflu.

GSK taps Slaoui to chair flat-selling vaccines unit with an eye to the future

GlaxoSmithKline's vaccines unit will be getting a new look come next year, when it's expected to absorb the bulk of Novartis' vaccines lineup it bought for $7.1 billion back in April. It'll have some new management, too, with Moncef Slaoui in the chairman's role. And judging from the pharma giant's Q3 results, some change for the unit could be a good thing.

FDA accepts app for Merck, Sanofi 6-in-1 combo vaccine

Sanofi's Pentacel, which protects children against 5 serious diseases, nabbed the No. 3 spot on the world's list of best-selling vaccines last year. Whether an investigational 6-in-1 combo from the French drugmaker and partner Merck can eventually match its success remains to be seen, but the pair is now one step closer to finding out.

Cancer vaccine partners J&J, Aduro add $817M pact

Back in May, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and California-based Aduro Biotech inked a $365 million deal centered on the former's vaccine technology as a treatment for prostate cancer. But J&J is convinced Aduro's platform has the potential to bolster its oncology pipeline in other areas, too.

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Argos Therapeutics, which has a personalized immunotherapy drug to treat renal cell carcinoma in trials, has kicked off work on a $57 million manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The biotech will get nearly $10 million in public support for the project.

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The race to the noninvasive glucose monitor is apparently passé. Right now it's all about getting glucose level data on mobile devices as well as enabling easy analysis and sharing of the data. That's what the wireless glucose monitor from Telcare does. For its efforts, Telcare got a $32.5 million Series C round.