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Welcome to this week's eNewsletter covering breaking R&D news, business insights, and Pharma Best Practices.


Covidien Reaches Agreement with Purdue
Boston Globe [Sept 2] Covidien Ltd. and Purdue Pharma have ended their patent infringement lawsuit over the OxyContin generic.  More

Shionogi Buys Sciele Pharma for $1.4 Billion
Bloomberg [Sept 1] Shionogi & Co., the Japanese maker of Crestor, has purchased Sciele Pharma, an Atlanta-based pharma company, reportedly for access to its sales force. More

GSK Deals for Epilepsy Drug
CNN Money [Aug 28] GSK has entered a deal with Valeant to develop and market the epilepsy drug retigabine and other similar compounds. More


Amylin Reports Four Deaths, Stocks Fall
Forbes [Aug 28] On August 26, Amylin and Eli Lilly announced four new deaths in patients taking their jointly-developed type 2 diabetes drug Byetta. More

UCB Plans 2000 Job Cuts
Bloomberg [Aug 28] Belgian drug maker UCB has announced plans to cut 2000 jobs worldwide in an effort to speed the company’s transition to a specialty drug company. More

Big Pharma Turns Out for DNC
WSJ Health Blog [Aug 27] Big Pharma was definitely present in Denver last week at the Democratic National Convention. More


Dark Cloud Over Amylin
Forbes [Aug 19] Worries that Byetta might harm the pancreas have dogged the drug's makers, biotech Amylin Pharmaceuticals and drug giant Eli Lilly, for more than two years. More

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Isilon Systems ~ Senior Marketing Communications Manager
Isilon Systems is the worldwide leader in clustered storage systems and software for digital content and unstructured data. We seek an experienced marketing communications professional/writer expert in creating and delivering effective and persuasive business communications. The ideal candidate can think at the strategic and conceptual level and act, simultaneously, as a highly-effective and productive individual contributor. The position is based in Seattle, WA. For additional information
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Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery (LSCDD) - Associate Director of Informatics,
Lead and mentor a strong team for the Bioinformatics group at the Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) department at LSCDD towards the development of novel algorithms, data analysis methods and software tools for drug discovery. Work closely with the Software Engineering group at ICS, and collaborate with the Discovery IT organization in Europe and USA. For additional information, or to apply visit:

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery (LSCDD)- Senior Bioinformatics Scientist,
Contribute to the development of novel algorithms, data analysis methods and software tools for drug discovery as part of the Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) department at LSCDD.  Work closely with informatics and software engineering peers at ICS, and collaborate with the Discovery IT organization in Europe and USA. The successful candidate will offer hands-on insight and expertise in tailored therapeutic informatics and statistical analyses at the post-genomic era. For additional information, or to apply visit:

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery (LSCDD) - Manager, Software Engineering (Integrative Computational Sciences)
Join the Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) department at Lilly Singapore Centre for Drug Discovery (LSCDD),as Manager Software Engineering.  Lead the development of integrated applications to process and visualize data from cutting edge technologies used by scientists at Lilly Research Labs (LRL) and the Drug Discovery Research (DDR) teams. Masters in Computer Science/Engineering or related discipline, 10+ years post graduation experience , 2 years management experience needed. For a complete job description and requirements or to apply visit:

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery(LSCDD) -Senior Software Engineer, 
Join a strong team of software engineers in our Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) at LSCDD. Collaborate with, and help develop integrated applications to process and visualize data from cutting-edge technologies used by scientists at Lilly Research Labs (LRL) and the Drug Discovery Research (DDR) teams. The Software Engineering team provides computational tools and tailored software solutions that enable the global effort of Tailored Therapeutics; ‘The Right Drug, at The Right Dose for The Right Patient at The Right Time'. For additional information, or to apply visit:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Linux Systems Administrator
MSKCC Bioinformatics Core in Manhattan seeks Linux Systems Administrator. Install, configure, update, monitor and troubleshoot HPC cluster, email and web servers. Bachelor's degree and 3 years experience with HPC, network security, Postfix, Apache, Tomcat, Grid Engine, Solaris. Email #015429. EOE/AA

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ELNs: Advanced Laboratory Solutions-September 15 - 17 2008 • Crowne Plaza, Brussels, Belgium 

Discovery Knowledge & Informatics - September 15 - 17, 2008 • Crowne Plaza, Brussels, Belgium 

Multiplexed Genomics Tools: Targeting the Missing Links
Between Health and Disease - September 21-23, 2008 • Providence, RI

Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis -September 22-23, 2008 • Providence, RI

DIA 2nd Annual Clinical Forum: Data Driven Drug Development Decisions - October 20-23, 2008 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Barnett Educational Services, 2008 Schedule

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Merck-Moffitt Partnership Breaks Down Silos 
By Catherine Varmazis

July 14, 2008 | Merck and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (MCC) in Tampa, FL, have built a biospecimen repository and IT “pipeline” that facilitates the exchange of clinical and biomarker data and could advance the development of personalized drugs, earning the project a Translational and Personalized Medicine Best Practices Award.

Launched last fall, the Biomarker Information Pipeline automates the flow and integration of patient data from MCC, with gene expression and profiling data from analysis conducted by scientists at Merck. The pipeline is part of Moffitt’s Total Cancer Care (TCC) program, a translational medicine approach that aims to improve cancer patient outcomes by encompassing genetic predisposition, lifestyle, and integrative medicine in patient care. Read More


Life Science Webcasts from Bio-IT World and Cambridge Healthtech Media Group

Life Science Webcasts

Bio-IT World Expo
Video Highlights


Drug Discovery, Development and Commercialization: Evolving Challenges and Opportunities
Joshua Boger, PhD, president and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., delivers his keynote at the 2008 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, April 2008.
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Personalized Genetics: Advancements and Driving Change
Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe, delivers her keynote at the 2008 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, April 30, 2008.
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The Future of Personal Genomics
A distinguished panel of personal genomics experts discuss the future of personal genomics at the 2008 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, April 30, 2008.  They include Dietrich Stephan (co-founder, Navigenics); George Church (Harvard Medical School);
Jeff Drazen (editor-in-chief, New England Journal Medicine); Fred Ledley (Bentley College); John Halamka (CIO, Harvard Medical School); and Linda Avey (23andMe). Bio-IT World Editor-in-Chief Kevin Davies moderates the discussion.
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Strategic Management of Resources and Portfolios

Analyzes ways that risks can be assessed and managed, how corporate resources can be allocated to create maximum value, models for optimal portfolio planning and management.
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Custom Market Research Services
Our experienced research team will work with you to fully understand your needs in order to create and conduct a custom market research program that meets your objectives.
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Featured Content

“Storage for Science – Methods for Managing Large and Rapidly Growing Data Stores in Life Science Research Environments” sponsored by Isilon
Large and rapidly growing stores of file-based and other data are a hallmark of life science research and bioinformatics. Determining how best to manage those data stores has become a significant challenge for Researchers and IT Pros alike.  This paper is intended to:  Provide guidance on the many storage  requirements common to Life Science research;  Explain the evolution of modern storage architectures; Summarize the major data storage architectures currently in use.  Additionally, it will present the Isilon IQ clustered storage product as a strong and flexible solution to those needs. Download now 

Will Healthcare IT Trends Standardize?
A new wave of activities are driving transformation within the healthcare market. One solution is found in a guide to PDF Healthcare Best Practices. This “Best Practices Guide” describes Portable Document Format (PDF) attributes and use to facilitate the capture, exchange, preservation and protection of healthcare information. This webinar will focus on trends in today’s healthcare market, the challenges in overcoming these issues, and finally how to use best practices to improve patient care, enhance productivity and eliminate paperwork. It’s hosted by Adobe and moderated by Digital Healthcare & Productivity Executive Editor, John Russell. Click here...  

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