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asianmarketdown-042018.jpg Asian markets drifted lower on Friday, led by losses in technology stocks amid falling demand for smartphones and a downward revision in revenue target by the world's largest contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

pharma-daily-041918.jpg Today's Daily Dose brings you news about Rigel Pharma's stock offering; FDA panel support for GW Pharma's New Drug Application for Epidiolex; FDA approval of expanded use of AstraZeneca's TAGRISSO and Argos' decision to pull the plug on its ADAPT phase III trial.

pharma-topgainers-041918.jpg The following are some of today's top gainers in the pharma/biotech sector.

siga-spotlight-041918.jpg Shares of SIGA Technologies Inc. (SIGA) are up nearly 30 percent year-to-date while the iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (ETF)(IBB) has returned a mere 0.5% during the same period.

pharma-041318.jpg Today's Daily Dose brings you news about an agreement between Pfenex and China NT Pharma; Bristol-Myers' near-term regulatory catalyst; Eloxx Pharma's progress with cystic fibrosis drug candidate and FDA clearance of Cantel Medical's ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru automated endoscope reprocessor.

pharma-041618.jpg The following are some of today's top gainers in the pharma/biotech sector.

icicibank-blockchainplatform-041818.jpg India's private sector banking giant ICICI has announced that more than 250 corporates have joined its blockchain trade finance initiative. This is the highest number of participants on any blockchain platform for domestic and international trade finance in the country, ICICI claimed. Leading Indian corporates, including "S&P BSE 100 Index" companies, are now undertaking domestic and internatio

rbi-cryptocurrency-041818.jpg An Indian startup company that was planning to launch a crypto exchange has filed a complaint challenging the central bank's ban on the country's commercial banks providing services to investors in digital currencies. Ahmedabad-based Kali Digital Ecosystems Pvt. Ltd. filed a writ petition in the High Court of the Indian capital Delhi against the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Ministry of Finance

pharma-041618.jpg Today's Daily Dose brings you news about Arcus' phase I trial data of AB928; FDA briefing documents related to GW Pharma's Epidiolex; STELLAR results of Novocure and FDA approval of Rigel's ITP drug and Ultragenyx Pharma's X-linked hypophosphatemia drug.

pharma-up1-041718.jpg The following are some of today's top gainers in the pharma/biotech sector.

cryptocurrency-dailyroundup-041718.jpg Bitcoin regained its strong upward momentum as the market is looking forward to a big bounce in the top cryptocurrency after the Tax Day is over. However, a recent study found that very few Americans reported their cryptocurrency holdings and gains to the IRS. In other news, a leading crypto exchange is planning to end its activities in Japan due to rising costs.

indianinsurers-cognizant-blockchain-041718.jpg Certain leading Indian life insurers are partnering with IT solutions firm Cognizant to develop a blockchain-based solution for facilitating secure cross-company data sharing in a bid to reduce the risk of data breaches, fraud, and money laundering. The solution is built on distributed ledger platform Corda which is developed by R3 and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure.

pharma-daily-report-041718.jpg Today's Daily Dose brings you news about Alkermes' curious reversal of event; outcome of Apricus' end-of-review meeting with the FDA related to Vitaros; FDA approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Immuno-Oncology combination therapy, and Merck's KEYNOTE-189 study.

pharmadown-041618.jpg Celldex Therapeutics plunged 64% on Monday, following disappointing results from its phase IIb study of Glembatumumab vedotin in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancers, dubbed METRIC.

pharmaup-041618.jpg Apellis Pharma gained more than 12%, boosted by interim data from its ongoing phase Ib trial evaluating APL-2 in subcutaneous formulation as a monotherapy in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, dubbed PADDOCK.

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