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Cephalon’s oncology portfolio to get boost with Gemin X acquisition

BY Alaric DeArment

FRAZER, Pa. — Cephalon plans to acquire a privately owned company developing treatments for cancer, Cephalon said Monday.

The Frazer, Pa.-based drug maker said it would pay $225 million upfront for Malvern, Pa.-based Gemin X, and Gemin X stockholders would be eligible to receive up to $300 million in milestone payments related to products under development.

Gemin X specializes in cancer treatments that target and kill cancer cells. Its lead product is GX15-070 (obatoclax), currently in phase-2b clinical development as a treatment for small cell lung cancer.

“I am pleased to have entered into a merger agreement with Gemin X,” Cephalon CEO Kevin Buchi said. “Its array of novel, targeted cancer therapeutics is a welcome addition to our current oncology portfolio.”

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Annual Diabetes Alert Day encourages public to know risk

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The annual "wake-up call" that asks the American public to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes was held Tuesday.

The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Alert Day, which was held Tuesday, also marks the association’s Join the Million Challenge, which runs through April 22. The ADA encourages the public to take the diabetes risk test, which is available year-round and shows users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, according to the ADA. What’s more, an additional 79 million, or 1-in-3 American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Click here to take the risk assessment.

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Valeant CEO named chairman of the board

BY Allison Cerra

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — J. Michael Pearson has been appointed to chairman of the board at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Pearson, who is Valeant’s CEO, will extend his contract with Valeant through February 2017, the company said.

Pearson replaces current chairman Robert Ingram, who remains on the board as an independent board director and lead director.

"I am honored that the board has shown its confidence in me with this appointment and that by extending my contract, [it] allows me the privilege of leading this organization for the next six years," Pearson stated. "I continue to believe in Valeant’s long-term potential, and I look forward to working with our team to execute on our strategy to become a leading specialty pharmaceutical company."

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