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  • FDA IT modernization push set to continue under 2014-2018 strategic plan

    When the FDA laid out its strategic priorities for 2011 to 2015, the agency listed the modernization of its IT infrastructure as a primary objective. Since then, the FDA has seen another chief information officer pass through its revolving doors and faced criticism from the Government Accountability Office, but is still plugging away with the IT modernization agenda in its next strategic plan.

Novartis and Google team up to commercialize 'smart' contact lenses

The deal gives Google a partner with healthcare experience to commercialize the glucose-recording contact lens technology it unveiled earlier this year.

Google-backed service provider gives clients direct control of robot-run lab

While virtual biotechs and the service providers that support them have been around for years, Transcriptic and rival West Coast startups think they can improve the model through automation. And having raised cash from Google's venture unit and struck deals with some elite academic centers, Transcriptic is now rolling out the next phase of its plan.

FDA adds recalls API as openFDA initiative gathers pace

The FDA is continuing to push ahead with its openFDA initiative, with this week's rollout of an application programming interface (API) for recall data coming a month after its adverse event system went live. And the regulator plans to maintain the pace throughout the rest of the summer.

Bioinformatics skills help Codexis strike $25M deal with GSK

Codexis strengthened its ties to small-molecule synthesis this week through a deal with GlaxoSmithKline. The agreement will see GSK pay $6 million upfront and more in milestones to license the platform.

Report: Development IT hit hard in Novartis cutbacks

Over the first few months of 2014, Novartis quietly began laying off workers, shedding an estimated 3,000 jobs in four months. Now BioSpace has provided details of where the ax has fallen and why, with development IT teams suffering heavy job losses.

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