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February 20, 2013
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March 25, 2015
15:10 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine to host special shareholder meeting
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10:35 EDTRHHBYFDA approves expanded indication for Eylea
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March 24, 2015
09:10 EDTADako announces collaboration agreement with Amgen
Dako, an Agilent Technologies (A) company, announced a new Master Collaboration Agreement with Amgen (AMGN). The expanded collaboration will allow both companies to benefit from knowledge-sharing within the field of drug-diagnostic research and development in general, and in relation to companion diagnostic products in particular. The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
07:45 EDTRHHBYFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) for Eli Lilly's Cymbalta, Pfizer's Quillivant XR and Revatio, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal, GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, HFA Altabax Ointment and Fluarix Quadrivalent, Supernus Pharmaceuticals' Oxtellar XR, Teva Pharmaceutical's Qnasl and Roche's Invirase. The Committee will also discuss the safety ongoing propriety of the humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Activa Dystonia Therapy and for the Liposorber LA-15 System in a meeting being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
March 23, 2015
08:46 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen
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06:32 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine announces board changes in connection to Roche transaction
Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced proposed changes to its board in connection with its pending strategic collaboration with Roche (RHHBY). Under the terms of the agreement with Roche, Foundation Medicine’s board will increase to nine directors upon the closing of the transaction, including three board designees selected by Roche. The pending transaction with Roche remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the successful completion of the tender offer commenced by Roche on February 2, 2015 and the approval of certain matters at the special meeting of Foundation Medicine stockholders to be held on April 2, 2015. The closing is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015.
March 20, 2015
11:33 EDTRHHBYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:01 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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March 19, 2015
16:14 EDTRHHBYProthena report positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002
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07:02 EDTRHHBYSigma-Aldrich signs exclusive distribution agreement with Roche
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTRHHBYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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08:33 EDTILMNTrovagene appoints Matthew Posard as Chief Commercial Officer
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08:31 EDTAAgilent names president and COO Mike McMullen as CEO
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07:46 EDTRHHBYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
March 17, 2015
08:13 EDTRHHBYCelldex announces clinical trial collaboration with Roche
Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX) announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Roche (RHHBY) to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of varlilumab, Celldex's CD27 targeting investigational antibody, and MPDL3280A, Roche's investigational cancer immunotherapy in a Phase 1/2 study in renal cell carcinoma. Varlilumab and MPDL3280A are part of a new class of investigational medicines known as cancer immunotherapies that are designed to harness the body's own immune system to fight cancer through separate yet complementary mechanisms of action that may enable the activation of T cells, restoring their ability to effectively detect and attack tumor cells. Preclinical data suggest the combination of these two mechanisms are synergistic and may enhance anti-tumor immune response compared to either agent alone. In Celldex's Phase 1 study of varlilumab in multiple solid tumors, promising signs of clinical activity in patients with refractory renal cell carcinoma were observed, including a durable partial response that has continued to decrease in tumor volume over time and prolonged stable disease. Under the terms of this agreement, Roche will provide study drug and Celldex will be responsible for conducting and funding the study, which is expected to begin in 2015.
March 16, 2015
16:07 EDTQGENTokai Pharmaceuticals expands collaboration with QIAGEN
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16:06 EDTQGENQIAGEN acquires circulating tumor cell technology from AdnaGen
QIAGEN (QGEN) announced an expansion of itsportfolio of liquid biopsies through the acquisition of an technology that enables enrichment and molecular analysis of circulating tumor cells from blood samples. The proprietary technology from AdnaGen allows a complete solution for the detection and analysis of CTCs for clinical applications. QIAGEN also announced a new partnership with Tokai Pharmaceuticals (TKAI) to combine this new CTC technology with a molecular assay to co-develop and commercialize a companion diagnostic for Tokai's novel drug compound galeterone, which is in late-stage clinical trials for treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer. The non-invasive test will determine the expression of the AR-V7 biomarker, which in recent studies has demonstrated potential utility to guide therapy choice in CRPC patients. Financial terms for the AdnaGen acquisition and the Tokai partnership were not disclosed.
12:43 EDTLIFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
11:40 EDTLIFEEnzo Biochem to request rehearing of court of appeals decision
Enzo Biochem (ENZ) said, acting upon advice of counsel, that it disagrees with the March 16 split 2-to-1 decision of the Court of Appeals sitting in panel for the Federal Circuit that reverses-in-part and vacates-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Applera Corp., now Life Technologies (LIFE), infringed Enzo’s patents covering pioneering technologies relating to compounds used in DNA sequencing systems to read the genetic code, and remands the case to the District Court as to whether the accused product infringes. Counter to the District Court’s construction of the ‘767 patent as allowing for directly-detectable labels on nucleotides and polynucleotides, and counter to the jury’s verdict that the patent describes such labelling, the Court of Appeals, held such labelling excluded by claim 1 of that patent. Enzo notes also that the Court’s partial vacatur and reversal of the judgment does not end the case, but remands the case back to the District Court to find whether the accused product infringes. Enzo will request rehearing of that decision, both by the original panel and by the full en banc Court. Enzo believes rehearing is warranted by the panel’s failure to give appropriate weight to fact findings, including facts found by the jury, consistent with a broader construction of the patent, as required by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA).
05:40 EDTILMNIllumina files patent infringement suit in UK regarding NIPT patents
Illumina (ILMN) announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Verinata Health have filed a patent infringement suit against Premaitha Health in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. Illumina is seeking all available remedies, including damages and injunctive relief. The patents asserted are European Patent 0 994 963 B2 and European Patent 1 981 995 B1, which are exclusively licensed to Illumina from Sequenom (SQNM), and The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University, respectively. Stanford is joined in the suit as a necessary party because it is the registered owner of the European Patent 1 981 995 B1. The patents are directed to using cell-free fetal DNA for non-invasive prenatal testing. The suit accuses Premaitha’s IONA Test of infringement, including its use of next-generation sequencing to analyze cell-free fetal DNA from a sample of maternal blood.
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