The FDA’s approval on Thursday of Trimeris’ new aids drug Fuzeon highlighted a busy week for entrepreneurs and those involved in the life science, biotech and high tech sectors.

The Fuzeon decision generated headlines worldwide, reflecting medical science’s continuing battle to deal with the AIDS menace, which has killed nearly 30 million people. Fuzeon isn’t a cure, but it is a help for the thousands who have been treated by other drugs that are no longer — or ever were — effective.

Other good news on the drug front included the FDA’s acceptance of a new drug proposal from Pozen for its injectable migraine headache drug. And two NCSU professors reported a breakthrough in transgenic research.

Meanwhile, three venture capital deals closed, including OncoGenome, a European-based firm which has its US headquarters in Durham.

Here’s a look back at Local Tech Wire headlines from last week. But please note this is only a partial listing. For more than 30 other shorter stories, check the “Hot Off the Wire” section on the front page.


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Genomic Sciences Firm Which Has US Headquarters in Durham Gets $15M

Energy Outsourcing Management Firm Lands $15.5M

Atlanta Security Firm Lancope Raises $5M Second

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Seven Pillars of Success in Today’s Economy: Knowing Right Questions To Ask — and Answering

Strongest and Weakest Link – The Human Side of

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Duke Unveils What Turned Out Not To Be a Devil of a Project — a New, Feature-laden Web

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EarthLink Rolls Out Flat-rate VoIP Service for Broadband

BellSouth Will Exit Data Hosting Services; IBM To Take Over Two BS

SAS Increases Revenues 4.4% to $1.18B in

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