Top 5 News: 3/5/16-3/11/16

Mar 11, 2016

1) Gene-testing company releases massive amount of cancer patient data — for free STAT, 3/8/2016
Genetic information from 10,000 individuals with breast or ovarian cancer is now available online for free, courtesy of Ambry Genetics, a leading DNA testing company.

2) Bill advances that would cap new opioid prescriptions in Massachusetts​ – BBJ, 3/10/2016
The House unanimously passed a compromise opioid abuse prevention bill on Wednesday afternoon that was negotiated over the past seven weeks with the Senate.

3) Letter from Washington: Drug makers peer out from the bunker STAT, 3/10/2016
Drug industry executives don’t get it: They’re not supposed to be the bad guys.

4) The state's fastest-growing biotech just leased two former Cubist buildings, expanding by another 20% BBJ, 3/11/2016
The fastest-growing drugmaker in the state, Shire Pharmaceuticals, is gobbling up more space at its U.S. headquarters in Lexington, leasing two of three buildings formerly owned by Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

5) ​New digital health accelerator to open in the Fenway – Boston Globe, 3/9/2016
Startup accelerator MassChallenge will soon open a new hub for emerging digital health firms in the Landmark Center, a former Sears distribution complex on the edge of the Fenway neighborhood.

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