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June 4, 2014
08:07 EDTADXSAdvaxis announces ADXS-HPV publication or preclinical research
Advaxis announced the publication of preclinical research with its lead candidate, ADXS-HPV for the treatment of HPV-associated cancers in the journal, Cancer Immunology Research. In this publication, researchers at the National Cancer Institute reported on the biologic mechanisms behind the unique ability of ADXS-HPV to decrease the immunosuppressive activity of Tregs in the tumor microenvironment that result in increased anti-tumor activity. This research demonstrates the critical role of the tLLO peptide fusion and the strong adjuvant effect of tLLO as contributing to the increase in activated T-cells and the relative decrease in the number of Tregs in tumors, thereby increasing anti-tumor activity. The company said, "The results are better than those achieved in earlier studies with different Lm-based immunotherapies. They suggest that tLLO serves as a promising adjuvant and that its incorporation into ADXS-HPV is a critical contributor to the changes in the tumor microenvironment that favor immune killing of the tumor cells." ADXS-HPV is in clinical trials for three HPV-associated cancers. Advaxis reported final Phase 2 data in recurrent cervical cancer at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting and plans to move forward with a registration program in recurrent cervical cancer.
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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTADXSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
09:11 EDTADXSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:17 EDTADXSAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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