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Biopharma puts better use of existing data at top of R&D wish list

A survey by analysts at William Blair has found that biopharma R&D staffers think making better use of existing data is their best hope of improving productivity. Almost half of the 133 respondents said the topic was the biggest remaining opportunity to improve R&D.

California starts statewide precision medicine initiative with Atul Butte at the helm

California has become the latest government to set up a precision medicine initiative. And like President Barack Obama's nationwide plan, the success of the state initiative will rest in part on whether it can combine and make sense of different sources of data.

WHO calls for easy linking of bibliographic databases to trial registries

The World Health Organization has updated its position on the disclosure of clinical trial data. Having advocated greater use of registries back in 2005, WHO now wants to see the establishment of a more integrated IT system that includes data from new and old clinical trials.

Sanofi sues drug information startup over side effect info

Sanofi is suing startup Diagnosia over the publication of information about side effects and drug interactions in its physician decision support software.

Potency-prediction software helps Schrödinger land $120M Sanofi deal

Schrödinger has racked up another tech-validating deal. Having seen the biotech it helped to found rake in $43 million from Pfizer and others last month, the computational drug design veteran has now struck a $120 million discovery deal with Sanofi.

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