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June 12, 2014
09:25 EDTACOR, ACOR, GENZ, GENZ, NVS, NVS, BIIB, BIIBPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses the current and developing treatment landscape for Multiple Sclerosis including Biogen Idec's Tecfidera, Genzyme's Aubagio, Novartis' Gilenya, Acorda's Ampyra on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on June 13 at 9:45 am.
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July 2, 2015
12:10 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic platform validated with Biogen deal, says Roth Capital
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11:19 EDTBIIBPiper questions Biogen partnership with Applied Genetic
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer says he's not sure why Biogen (BIIB) felt a need to enter the ophthalmology space via its collaboration today with Applied Genetic (AGTC). While gene therapy is likely to become an important driver of the biotech industry in the coming years, Biogen may be not fully appreciating the complexity of vector and delivery technology, Schimmer tells investors in a research note. He believes Biogen still needs to improve its pipeline and growth outlook. Nonetheless, the analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $485 price target. Shares are down $1.53 to $403.88 in late morning trading while Applied Genetic is up $2.38 to $18.64.
09:15 EDTBIIBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:18 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic to host conference call
Conference call to discuss Biogen collaboration will be held on July 2 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:11 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic Technologies to resume trading at 7:30 am EDT
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07:06 EDTBIIBBiogen, AGTC enter collaboration to develop gene therapies in ophthalmology
Biogen (BIIB) and AGTC (AGTC) announced a collaboration and license agreement to develop gene-based therapies for multiple ophthalmic diseases. The collaboration will focus on the development of a portfolio of AGTC’s therapeutic programs, including both a clinical stage candidate and a pre-clinical candidate for orphan diseases of the retina that can lead to blindness in children and adults. The agreement also includes options for early stage discovery programs in two ophthalmic diseases and one non-ophthalmic condition, as well as an equity investment in AGTC by Biogen and a license agreement for manufacturing rights. Biogen will make an upfront payment in the amount of $124M to AGTC, which includes a $30M equity investment in AGTC at a price equal to $20.63 per share and certain prepaid research and development expenditures. Biogen will be granted a license to the XLRS and XLRP programs and the option to license discovery programs for three additional indications at the time of clinical candidate selection. Under the collaboration, AGTC is eligible to receive upfront and milestone payments exceeding $1B. This includes up to $472.5M collectively for the two lead programs, which also will carry royalties in the high single digit to mid-teen percentages of annual net sales. In addition, Biogen will make payments up to $592.5M across the discovery programs, along with royalties in the mid single digits to low teen percentages of annual net sales. Biogen obtains worldwide commercialization rights for the XLRS and XLRP programs. AGTC has an option to share development costs and profits after the initial clinical trial data are available, and an option to co-promote the second of these products to be approved in the United States. AGTC will lead the clinical development programs of XLRS through product approval and of XLRP through the completion of first-in-human trials. Biogen will support the clinical development costs, subject to certain conditions, following the first-in-human study for XLRS and IND-enabling studies for XLRP. Under the manufacturing license, Biogen will receive an exclusive license to use AGTC’s proprietary technology platform to make AAV vectors for up to six genes, three of which are in AGTC’s discretion, in exchange for payment of milestones and royalties. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in the United States, and is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2015.
July 1, 2015
05:16 EDTNVSNovartis division Alcon receives CE Mark for AcryS of IQ Aspheric IOL
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June 30, 2015
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
08:35 EDTNVSAnacor announces amendment to KERYDIN commercialization agreement
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05:15 EDTNVSNovartis acquires Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, terms not disclosed
Novartis announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Spinifex Pharmaceuticals. Spinifex Pharmaceuticals is a U.S. and Australian-based, privately held development stage company, focused on developing a peripheral approach to treat neuropathic pain such as EMA401, a novel angiotensin II Type 2 receptor, or AT2R, antagonist. Financial terms were not disclosed.
June 26, 2015
07:44 EDTNVSNovartis drug Farydak recommended by CHMP for EU approval
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05:21 EDTBIIBBiogen, Sobi announce EMA validates MAA for Alprolix
Biogen and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, or Sobi, announced that the European Medicines Agency, or EMA, has accepted the Marketing Authorization Application, or MAA, of Alprolix, a recombinant factor IX Fc fusion protein product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia B. This validation signifies the initiation of the EMA’s review process. The MAA includes results from two global, Phase 3 clinical trials examining the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of ALPROLIX for hemophilia B: the pivotal B-LONG study for previously treated adults and adolescents, and Kids B-LONG study for previously treated children under age 12.
June 25, 2015
14:02 EDTNVSNovartis initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target CHF 115.
12:59 EDTBIIBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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June 24, 2015
11:16 EDTBIIBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:09 EDTACORAcorda says oral levodopa reduces duration of OFF episodes in PD patients
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June 23, 2015
11:00 EDTBIIBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:55 EDTBIIBBiogen's Tysabri in SPMS a $1B-$2B opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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