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Broad moves into new digs designed to encourage serendipitous discoveries

Broad Institute Director Eric Lander has emphasized the importance of open labs and shared spaces. Yet as Broad expanded, hundreds of scientists ended up spread across four sites. Now Broad has reignited its original vision with the opening of new digs.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube targeted in fake drug crackdown

Authorities removed more than 19,000 ads on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that promoted the illegal sale of medicines.

Pharma's cloud doubts prompt tech firms to add local alternatives

While service providers talk up the convenience and flexibility of moving to the cloud, pharma execs are as likely to flag up the litany of privacy, security and technical risks created by the transition.

Takeda strikes $400M IT services deal with Wipro

Wipro has won a $400 million contract to manage Takeda's infrastructure. Takeda inked the deal to consolidate its operations, with Wipro becoming its primary provider of IT infrastructure management services.

EMA criticized for flip-flopping on clinical trial data transparency

When European politicians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a clinical research data sharing law last month, it looked like a big step forward for transparency campaigners. Yet just weeks later researchers have raised concerns that the European Medicines Agency is already trying to lessen the impact of the legislation.

Paypal co-founder backs genomics data access startup

The rise of omics data in R&D has increased the overlap between biotech and Silicon Valley-style tech startups, with Flatiron Health's recent $130 million round making it a standout example. This week, SolveBio took its first steps on the path established by Flatiron by raising cash from the co-founder of Paypal other other leading tech investors.

Venter nabs AstraZeneca's R&D IT chief for Human Longevity

Having outlined the ambitious plans for his latest venture in March, J. Craig Venter has begun to flesh out the team and capabilities Human Longevity will need to fulfill his vision.

Bayer, Boehringer extend access to clinical trial data

Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim outlined plans to increase access to their clinical trial data.

NIH lays out up to $20B in IT spending over coming decade

With the U.S. National Institutes of Health's current IT procurement contract ending in November, the agency has laid out its successor: a 10-year contract for laptops, servers and other equipment and services worth up to $20 billion.

HCL Tech adds Novartis to roster of Big Pharma clients

India-based HCL Technologies has shown a skill for winning Big Pharma contracts, like the $500 million deal it inked with Merck in 2010. HCL has now added Novartis to its list of clients, with the Swiss pharma signing up to outsource its infrastructure management to the IT services company.

GSK signs up to access Metabolon's bioinformatics tools

Metabolon has made a busy start to 2014, with media reports of a planned IPO following news of its partnership with J. Craig Venter's Human Longevity. Now, GlaxoSmithKline has signed up to use Metabolon's bioinformatics and visualization tools as part of a deal to source metabolomic profiling services.

Faced with FDA barriers, 23andMe mulls overseas expansion

Personal genetics startup 23andMe is reportedly considering expanding overseas to so it can get sales back on track despite its standoff with the FDA.

U.K. tries to revive 'dead duck' patient data sharing plan

The U.K.'s House of Lords has debated changes to the controversial and widely criticized health data sharing initiative.

Debiopharm inks deal with Yale to access computer-aided drug discoveries

Through use of virtual high-throughput screening and other computer-aided drug discovery methods, researchers at Yale University have investigated drugs to treat HIV, cancer and other diseases. Now, the group has teamed up with Swiss biopharma Debiopharm to discover and develop inhibitors for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Flatiron raises $130M in Google-led round, buys EMR business

Google Ventures' reported $100 million investment in oncology Big Data startup Flatiron Health came to fruition this week. And the deal is even bigger than early reports suggested, with Flatiron raising $130 million and buying electronic medical record business Altos Solutions.

DrugDev buys TrialNetworks to 'glue' its clinical trial apps together

Trial investigator network DrugDev bought CFS Clinical in October to expand its offerings. Eight months later DrugDev has made its second deal, with the focus shifting to adding the "technological glue" that will tie its acquired tools together.

FDA setting up data, informatics center with UCSF and Stanford

The FDA is setting up its first West Coast Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) to further strengthen ties with academia and improve its use of informatics and data-driven computer models. The University of California, San Francisco, is housing the CERSI, which it will run in collaboration with scientists at Stanford University.

Bina, SAS and others pitch new tools to boost biopharma R&D

Over the past week a host of tech providers have pitched new tools to improve biopharma R&D, with Ayasdi, Bina Technologies, SAS and others unveiling products and upgrades at Bio-IT World Expo.

Novartis steps up MS digital presence with iPhone app

The app allows users to record their symptoms, general well-being, medications and other factors.

Buzz: Google Ventures leading $100M round in oncology Big Data platform

When Flatiron Health emerged in 2012 with a mission to improve oncology care, its founder predicted it would either be "a great success or a horrible failure." Now the Big Data startup is reportedly on the cusp of taking a major step towards the better of these two outcomes, with Fortune writing Google's venture capital wing is leading a $100 million financing round.