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Biogen Idec (BIIB ) posted a fourth quarter loss of $4.03 per share, vs. earnings per share of 26 cents (GAAP basis one year earlier, despite sharply higher revenues. The biotech company cited the writeoff of acquired in-process R&D related to its merger with Idec. It reaffirmed its long-term goal of achieving a 15% compounded annual growth rate. It also set a 12 million share buyback program.

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