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February 21, 2013
09:03 EDTABT, JNJ, PCYCAbbott collaborates with Janssen and Pharmacyclics for leukemia therapy
Abbott (ABT) announced that it will collaborate with Janssen Biotech (JNJ) and Pharmacyclics (PCYC) to explore the benefits of Abbott's proprietary FISH technology for use in developing a molecular companion diagnostic test to identify patients with a genetic subtype of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common form of adult leukemia. Under the agreement, Abbott will develop a FISH-based test to identify high-risk CLL patients who have a deletion within a specific chromosome and may respond to ibrutinib, an oral, small molecule inhibitor of Bruton tyrosine kinase. Ibrutinib is currently in development by Janssen and Pharmacyclics for several B-cell malignancies, including chronic leukemia and lymphoma. Patients harboring a deletion within chromosome 17p are poor responders to chemoimmunotherapy and have limited treatment options. Having a test that is able to accurately detect the 17p deletion identifies a specific patient population with a high unmet medical need.
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September 30, 2014
12:03 EDTJNJAchillion sinks after Johnson & Johnson buys competitor
The shares of Achillion (ACHN), which has developed a treatment for hepatitis C based on a nucleotide and has been viewed as a potential takeover target by analysts previously, are falling after Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced this morning that it had agreed to acquire privately held Alios Biopharma. Alios has developed a number of nucleotide-based hepatitis C treatments, as well as an orally administered antiviral therapy currently in Phase 2 studies for the treatment of infants with respiratory syncytial virus. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson said that it had agreed to buy Alios for $1.75B. Alios has developed a number of nucleotides that could be used to treat hepatitis C virus, or HCV. Gilead's (GILD) popular HCV treatment Sovaldi is also a nucleotide and Achillion is developing its own HCV nucleotide treatment. According to The Street's Adam Feuerstein, Achillion's nucleotide is similar in structure to that of Alios. Johnson & Johnson had previously been rumored to be interested in buying Achillion, Feuerstein noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Johnson & Johnson said it was "excited" that its acquisition of Alios would enable it to "explore treatment options for a number of viral infections, including RSV, the last of the major pediatric diseases with no available preventive therapy." Novavax (NVAX) is also developing an RSV vaccine and Johnson & Johnson could have considered acquiring it before buying Alios, Feuerstein contended. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Achillion fell 6% to $10.11, Gilead was down 0.6% to $106.84, Novavax dropped 1% to $4.27, and Johnson & Johnson rose 0.4% to just under $107 per share.
10:30 EDTJNJJ&J could have considered Novavax, Achillion instead of Alios, TheStreet says
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08:31 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson agrees to acquire Alios BioPharma for $1.75B
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08:16 EDTJNJTetraphase price target raised to $32 from $20 at JMP Securities
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07:30 EDTJNJSachs Associates to hold a conference
14th Annual Biotech in Europe Forum for Global Partnering and Investment to be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 30-October 1.
September 26, 2014
09:01 EDTABTAbbott completes CFR Pharmaceuticals acquisition
Abbott has acquired control of CFR Pharmaceuticals, doubling its Latin American branded generics pharmaceutical presence and further expanding the company's presence in fast-growing markets. Through purchase of the controlling interest and tender offers described below, Abbott indirectly acquired more than 99% of CFR's ordinary shares for approximately $2.9B. The CFR acquisition immediately establishes Abbott among the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in Latin America, a market that is expected to reach $124B by 2018, with estimated annual growth rates of two to three times that of developed markets over the coming years, according to IMS. This transaction will not impact Abbott's ongoing earnings-per-share guidance for 2014. Abbott anticipates this transaction to be accretive to ongoing earnings per share in 2015 and increasing thereafter, before one-time transaction-related items which will be provided at a later date.
September 25, 2014
16:02 EDTPCYCPharmacyclics, Server agree to end pan-HDAC inhibitor collaboration
Pharmacyclics and Servier announced that they have mutually and amicably ended their collaboration pertaining to the ex-U.S. development of Pharmacyclics' pan-HDAC inhibitor compounds involving abexinostat, thereby returning global development and commercialization rights to Pharmacyclics. A provisional patent application for abexinostat tosylate was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2013 and, if issued, would extend patent protection until 2034. Pharmacyclics will evaluate the full opportunity that the compound may afford, and plans to provide an update on this program in mid 2015.
September 24, 2014
17:59 EDTJNJOdds of Colgate-Palmolive takeover rise amid slew of megamergers, Bloomberg says
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09:03 EDTABTAbbott's U.S. tender offer for Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals expired
Abbott announced the expiration of the tender offer for the purchase from U.S. holders of the ordinary shares of CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A., a Chilean corporation, and for the purchase from all holders, wherever resident, of CFR's outstanding ADS. The offer expired at 5 p.m., NYC time, on Sept. 23, and was not extended. A Chilean tender offer for CFR ordinary shares, which was made concurrently with the U.S. offer, expired at 5:30 p.m., Chilean time, on Sept. 23, and was not extended. The results of the U.S. offer will be announced on Sept. 26, at the time the results of the Chilean tender offer for CFR ordinary shares are announced.
06:23 EDTABTExperts see new tax rules not halting inversions, WSJ reports
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September 23, 2014
10:54 EDTABTStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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09:13 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:53 EDTABTInversion regulations look more onerous than expected, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says the new regulations announced last night by the Treasury and IRS contain appear more onerous than expected. FBR points out the proposed changes remove the ability of inverting companies to make "hopscotch loans" between the foreign and domestic subsidiaries. The firm believes the regulations will not end the practice of inversions, and it still expects completion of already announced deals.
08:07 EDTJNJFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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06:28 EDTABTTreasury rules may put Mylan deal at risk, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes Treasury's new inversion rules may put the tax benefits of Mylan's (MYL) planned acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) established products business at risk. BMO also thinks the rules impact Salix's (SLXP) pending deal for Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, which it feels may help make a deal with Allergan (AGN) more likely.
05:56 EDTABTTreasury, IRS announce plans to reduce inversion tax benefits
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September 22, 2014
07:50 EDTJNJDoctors continue to use morcellators despite FDA warning, J&J halt, WSJ says
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07:07 EDTJNJSynageva appoints Robert Bazemore as COO
Synageva announced the appointment of Robert Bazemore as Chief Operating Officer. Bazemore will oversee the planned global commercial launch of the company's lead program, sebelipase alfa for LAL Deficiency, and will have responsibility for the company's global commercial, market access and medical affairs operations. Bazemore last served at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) in varoius roles including Vice President, Ethicon New Growth Platforms and President of Janssen Biotech, a part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
07:06 EDTABTAbbott price target raised to $48 from $44 at RBC Capital
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September 19, 2014
11:25 EDTABTSenators bring bill requiring companies to settle before inverting
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Dick Durbin announced new legislation requiring corporations to "Pay What You Owe Before You Go" – settling their U.S. tax bill before relocating to a foreign country. "Everyone knows that before you leave a restaurant you have to settle your tab," Brown said. "Corporations shouldn’t get to play by different rules. While it is critical that we reach a long-term solution that reforms our international corporate tax code by implementing a global minimum tax and reducing the statutory tax rate, this bill is an immediate, commonsense measure to ensure businesses settle up before leaving the U.S." Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott (ABT), Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN).
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