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  • Durham's Chimerix gets 'important' 20-year patent protection

    Durham drug developer Chimerix (Nasdaq: CMRX) will enjoy patent protection on its drugs through 2034.

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowed Chimerix a patent covering a method of synthesis and the commercial morphic form of brincidofovir, the drug developer’s lead product. With the addition of this most recent patent, composition of matter coverage for brincidofovir in the U.S. is expected to extend to October 2034.

    In tests, brincidofovir has shown antiviral activity against all five families…

  • Cree bulks up with $500M credit line; looking for new deals?

    Durham LED giant Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) just entered into a $500 million revolving line of credit with Wells Fargo Bank (NYSE: WFC), meaning capital in the coffers for future acquisitions.

    Already, proceeds of the initial loans were used to repay amounts outstanding under Cree’s previous credit agreement with Wells Fargo, with the caveat that additional loans could be used for working capital or future acquisitions, according to a securities filing.

    As of Sept. 28, Cree had $150 million in an unsecured…

  • AutoTrader.com names '10 Most-Anticipated New Vehicles of 2015’

    Atlanta-based AutoTrader.com says 2015 is shaping up to be another strong sales year for the automotive industry. As manufactures unveil new vehicles to lure shoppers to their showrooms, AutoTrader.com’s editorial team has identified the 10 vehicles they most look forward to seeing on dealer lots in the coming year.

    Photos: 10 Most Anticipated New Cars of 2015

    “Our list includes a cross section of vehicles we think are likely to be some of the most sought after cars and trucks this year,” AutoTrader.com…

  • Explore the S.C. Google data center, where security is provided by lasers, alligators

    Google Inc. traffics in information, so its data center operation is the beating heart that drives its Web-search advertising revenue.

    The California-based company maintains more than a dozen centers worldwide. Google put out this video (below) that walks you through its Berkeley County, South Carolina, center, providing a little information on security, cooling technology and life at the company.

    Life at the data centers appears a little different from the company’s urban and suburban campuses,…

  • Dollar Tree CEO: We 'have reached the end of our patience'

    The Family Dollar-Dollar Tree merger could be off the table if the deal does not gain approval at a shareholder meeting scheduled for Jan. 22.

    Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser sent Family Dollar Chief Executive Howard Levine a letter on Friday that said it is “imperative” for the shareholder vote to be held to eliminate uncertainty that is damaging Family Dollar’s (NYSE:FDO) business and because Dollar Tree’s (NASDAQ:DLTR) financing costs go up after that date.

    Read: Family Dollar CEO: Merger turmoil…