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  • Now is the best time to sign up for your flu shot, and this is the best place to do it. When you reserve a 10-minute “NC Big Shot" slot on the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s website for the Tuesday, October 4 VaccinatioNCelebration, it’ll reserve your free ticket to participate in a milestone of medicine.
  • Raleigh-based PRA Health Sciences (PRA) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan have formed a partnership in which PRA will serve as Takeda’s primary strategic partner for clinical development and post-approval work on Takeda’s drug pipeline and marketed products.
  • Charlotte-area biopharmaceutical company SoyMeds has been awarded a $1.05 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to help advance its unique system for “growing” a medicine in transgenic soybeans.
  • Kepley BioSystems, a startup company in Greensboro, has developed OrganoBait, an artificial attractant for commercial and recreational crabbers and lobstermen.
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals of Durham has reported positive results from a proof-of-concept study of its broad-spectrum antiviral BCX4430 for the delayed treatment of Ebola virus infection in rhesus macaques.
  • “Food’s journey from mind to mouth” in the coming years is the theme of this month’s Ag Biotech Summit at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Sept. 27 and 28. The conference, organized by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, will focus on emerging and converging technologies and their likely impact on the food value chain.
  • Harnessing the diverse crop microbiome for better plant agriculture is the mission of AgBiome Inc., a young and growing biotechnology company in the Research Triangle Park.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture announced today that North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro has been awarded a $1,120,427 grant for a new food research building.
  • Greenville-based Metrics Contract Services, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that serves pharmaceutical companies worldwide, is investing $3.5 million in a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its stability storage facility.
  • The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy has officially opened at High Point University with a traditional white coat ceremony for an inaugural class of 60 students hailing from 12 states.
  • Veteran health care entrepreneur Shane Ray became president of RTP–based curasan Inc. in May 2016, and he’s putting it on a growth trajectory.
  • Lucerno Dynamics, a Morrisville company developing noninvasive sensor technology that can help show the effectiveness of cancer treatments on tumors, has sold $3.53 million of a planned $5.64 million equity financing.
  • Humacyte, a regenerative medicine company based in Morrisville, has received a $9.9 million investment from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to support a clinical trial of its potential treatment for kidney disease.
  • kSep Systems, a small Morrisville medical device company, has been purchased by French biopharmaceutical equipment supplier Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) for $28 million.
  • Durham-based Bioventus, a fast-growing global orthobiologics company, has launched its second U.S. product for injection to relieve knee pain for osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers.
  • Duke University spin-out TransEnterix, a Morrisville medical device company, has found a new life since last year’s purchase of the surgical robotics division of Italian health care company Sofar.
  • A North Carolina company that develops and manufactures therapeutic skin-care products, Ei, A Pharmaceutical Solutionworks,  is relocating its 24-person research and development team to the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis.
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  • Bamboo Therapeutics, a next-generation gene therapy company based in Chapel Hill, has been acquired by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer of New York.
  • Burlington-based Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, the world’s largest healthcare diagnostics company, has signed an agreement to acquire Sequenom Inc. of San Diego for $371 million in cash.


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