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Companies from across the globe provide updates on their business and pipeline progress.

Netherlands-based Kiadis Pharma is discontinuing Phase III development of lead T-cell asset ATIR101 and laying off half of the company’s staff, seven months after acquiring CytoSen.

Foamix Pharmaceuticals is merging with Menlo Therapeutics to become a biopharma company focusing on dermatology.

Halozyme Therapeutics is restructuring after halting development of a metastatic pancreatic cancer drug that failed to demonstrate an improvement in overall survival in a Phase III trial.

After multiple failures to develop therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease, Biogen’s Michael D. Ehlers resigned from his role as head of research and development.

Southern California-based Sienna Biopharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy, which sent share prices tumbling more than 73 percent.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc announced the acquisition of clinical-stage biotechnology company Cavion Inc. through a merger with a Jazz subsidiary.

Companies continue to announce advancements in artificial intelligence programming as they harness the power of AI and machine learning to aid in drug discovery and development.