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May 5, 2014
09:00 EDTABT, MRK, SNYAbbott joins peers in considering sale of mature drugs, Reuters says
Abbott (ABT) is working with Morgan Stanley (MS) to find a potential buyer for a portfolio of its off-patent drugs, Reuters said late Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Abbott's portfolio of assets being considered for sale could fetch more than $5B, the report quoted the sources as having said. Prior reports have indicated that Merck (MRK) and Sanofi (SNY) are also exploring potential sales of their portfolios of mature drugs. Reference Link
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September 26, 2014
08:31 EDTMRKLigand, Merck receive approval for NOXAFIL
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September 24, 2014
17:01 EDTSNYMannKind announces closing of global licensing agreement with Sanofi
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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.
08:10 EDTSNYSanofi unit announces research collaboration
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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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09:00 EDTSNYBofa/Merill special situations team to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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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.
07:33 EDTMRKOphthotech names Michael Atieh as EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer
Ophthotech Corporation (OPHT) announced that Michael G. Atieh has been named EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer effective September 30. Atieh replaces Bruce A. Peacock, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer, who has notified the company of his intention to retire effective September 30. Atieh spent the majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck and Co (MRK), where he held various senior level positions over a 20 year period including Senior Vice President-Merck Medco Managed Care, Vice President-U.S. Human Health, Vice President-Public Affairs, Vice President-Government Relations, and Treasurer.
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
07:21 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTABTAbbott price target raised to $48 from $44 at RBC Capital
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06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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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).
September 18, 2014
08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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September 17, 2014
09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merck’s investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
06:18 EDTSNYSanofi, MyoKardia announce collaboration
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