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GE-backed Neuronetics' device may offer a long-term alternative to drugs for depression: Study

Devices to treat depression haven't had any big market breakthroughs. But key to achieving that is to show that they are a viable alternative to drug therapies--and that their impact can show a sustainable treatment benefit.

Another startup jumps into antibiotics R&D; as Iterum grabs a $40M round

A group of execs who helped steer Durata and its antibiotic Dalvance to a $675 million buyout by Actavis (now Allergan) have landed a $40 million Series A to launch a new biotech called Iterum Therapeutics.

South Korean team developing graphene-based patch for monitoring and treating diabetes

Researchers at South Korea's Institute for Basic Science are developing a drug-delivering glucose monitoring microneedle patch made of gold-doped graphene. It showed promise on diabetic mice, according to a just-published paper in Nature Nanotechnology.

AstraZeneca's Brilinta disappoints in stroke trial, endangering $3.5B sales goal

AstraZeneca's high hopes for its heart drug Brilinta took a major hit on Wednesday. According to new top-line data from the much-anticipated SOCRATES trial, the clot-fighting med failed to beat aspirin at treating stroke patients, missing its primary goal of delaying stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular death.

Janssen adds COPD and diabetes to its venture portfolio for preventative medicine

Janssen has signed up two more therapy areas to its unique Disease Interception Accelerator (DIA) program as it continues to look for future growth and deals from new places.

NHS launches digital health tech accelerator in London

The U.K.'s National Health Service doesn't have the reputation of being particularly technology savvy. In fact, it's had a long and public struggle--that's not yet complete--to get electronic medical records into place.

CSL's Seqirus aims for 'industry leadership' as it integrates Novartis' flu vaccines

Months after its formation last fall, CSL's flu vaccines unit Seqirus is a loss-making entity. However, leadership there believes the operation can achieve "industry leadership" in 5 to 10 years by relying on a move into quadrivalent vaccines, the launch of Fluad and emerging markets growth.

Sanofi science chief on Zika: It's time to disrupt traditional vaccine development

The World Health Organization has warned that the Zika R&D; frenzy may not culminate in a vaccine in time for the current outbreak, but Sanofi Chief Scientific Officer Gary Nabel won't take that for an answer. Nabel says it can be done, but it means turning the traditional vaccine development model on its head.

AstraZeneca suffers a setback as trial shows Brilinta 'no better than aspirin' for stroke

AstraZeneca's hopes of beefing up its heart drug Brilinta with a new indication took a major hit today after it released data showing the pill did not help stroke patients any better than a drug first discovered in the 19th century.

J&J; dials up diagnostic R&D; with new projects for COPD, gestational diabetes mellitus

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen arm is dialing up research through its Disease Interception Accelerator (DIA), a unit focused on predicting and preventing certain diseases through new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The company is kicking off two new projects for COPD and gestational diabetes aimed at uncovering the biological underpinnings of the diseases.