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Best of the Blog: IN VIVO, June 2008

Executive Summary

In May, Windhover's editorial staff posted 35 articles to the blog, covering biopharma, device and diagnostics R&D, business development, regulatory and commercial news. Here are a few of our favorite posts that didn't make it into stories covered elsewhere in this month's magazine: Changing of the Change Agents: Exit Wyeth's Ruffolo, Enter Orbimed's Dolsten; Cimzia Launch: Nothing Simple About It; Lundbeck Thanks Myriad For the Memories; Takeda's Millions Buy a Lot of Beer.

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