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Novartis' Enbrel beater bounds toward psoriasis approval ahead of the crowd

Novartis is well on its way to leading a new class of anti-inflammatory treatments, convincing European regulators to recommend approving its injected therapy for psoriasis and putting the company in line for transatlantic launches next year.

AbbVie gets an EU green light for its next-gen hep C treatment

AbbVie is one step closer to challenging Gilead Sciences' dominance in the hepatitis C market, securing a likely European approval for its rival combo treatment as it awaits a U.S. nod.

U.K. starts ambitious drug dev review, Onxeo to raise €41.6M, Galapagos mulls Nasdaq listing

In this week's EuroBiotech Report, the U.K. government kicked off a review it hopes will deliver a faster, cheaper way of developing drugs. Onxeo unveiled plans to raise €41.6 million ($52.2 million). And more.

The U.K. is open for biotech business, and Merck is buying in

The U.K. is striving to brand itself as a hotbed for biotech R&D, promising new funds for startups, pledging to speed up its approval process and courting some major players to deepen their roots in the country.

Smith & Nephew closes U.S. facility, sells another in U.K. with 100+ to be laid off

Last week, Smith & Nephew announced it was laying off 108 employees due to the closure of its St. Petersburg, FL, operations, saying the advanced wound care business would be better off if it operated in a single location in Fort Worth, Texas. This week it sold its Gilberdyke, England, factory, saying it would manufacture polyurethane films for its wound dressings from the nearby Kingston upon Hull facility instead.

Interpol: Organized crime, aware of weak points, targets counterfeit drugs

Organized crime has moved into selling counterfeit and compromised prescription drugs in Europe, exploiting the mishmash of customs laws and weak points in some border protection. Those weaknesses allowed the "Mafia" to get fake manifests, use suspect wholesalers, and sell counterfeits of Roche's Herceptin and other cancer drugs across Europe.

Zimmer once again gives European regulators more time to rule on Biomet deal

The European Commission was scheduled to rule on Zimmer's planned acquisition of fellow orthopedics company Biomet by March 11. Now the deadline has been extended by a "limited number of days," Zimmer says.

EU's top regulator canned on a technicality

The European Medicines Agency didn't follow procedure when it appointed Executive Director Guido Rasi, a court has ruled, forcing the continent's top drug regulator to step down and sending the organization scrambling for answers.

EMA director Rasi sidelined by complaint from colleague who wanted his job

For three years, Guido Rasi has been Europe's top pharma regulator, moving aggressively to restore the image of the European Medicines Agency. But his future there is now in doubt, sidelined by a colleague who was miffed that he was not picked for the job himself, the Financial Times reports.

U.K. dilutes R&D tax break, EU backs €200M in startup loans, Boehringer jilts KDEV's Athera

In this week's EuroBiotech Report, the United Kingdom yielded to pressure to change its patent box policy. The policy was part of what attracted Pfizer to AstraZeneca, but other countries--notably Germany--were less enamoured with the initiative. And more.