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BioPlus’ website gets new look

BY Alaric DeArment

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has launched a revamped website, BioPlus said Monday.

The specialty pharmacy provider said the redesign of the site, at BioPlusRx.com, was part of a larger effort to use technology to transform chronic disease management.

“We have been transforming specialty pharmacy for over 20 years,” BioPlus CEO Stephen Vogt said. “Our dedication to transforming this segment of pharmacy services means that we must remain on the cutting edge of technology and resources for pharma, payer, prescriber services and, above all, patient care.”

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Former Johnson & Johnson head dies at 94

BY Allison Cerra

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. A former leader of one of the largest health conglomerates in the world died Friday at 94.

Richard Sellars rose from junior salesman to chairman of the board and CEO during a career that spanned 40 years at Johnson & Johnson. Sellars joined Johnson & Johnson’s sales force in 1939, and began a rapid rise within two of the company’s major affiliates, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp. and Ethicon. He became president of the company in 1970, and chairman of the board one year later. In 1973, he became chairman and CEO, a position he held until his retirement from that post in 1976. From then until his retirement in 1979, Sellars served as chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s finance committee. One of his many accomplishments while at Johnson & Johnson was being part of the New Brunswick Tomorrow project to revitalize the city that held the company’s headquarters.

“Richard Sellars was an inspirational leader who filled all who met him with a deep sense of the company’s responsibility to its customers, employees, community and shareholders,” said William Weldon, chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson. “He will be missed.”

Sellars is survived by his wife, Doris, four children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Gilead to acquire CGI

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. Gilead Sciences plans to acquire a development-stage pharmaceutical company for up to $120 million, Gilead said Friday.

Privately held CGI Pharmaceuticals has developed a library of drugs that have potential to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The majority of the $120 million will be an upfront payment, and the remaining will be based on clinical development progress, Gilead said.

“The acquisition of CGI represents a unique opportunity to expand our research efforts in an interesting and promising area of drug discovery,” Gilead EVP research and development and chief scientific officer Norbert Bischofberger said.

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