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April 22, 2014
06:11 EDTVRX, MRK, AGN, JNJWells says big pharma bidders could emerge for Allergan
Wells Fargo believes Allergan (AGN) wants to remain independent and says the "hurdle to convince the company to sell could be pretty high." Wells thinks Valeant's (VRX) low tax rate gives it room to raise its bid for Allergan, and it sees the potential for one or more big pharma bidders, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), emerging due to Allergan's "attractive eye care and aesthetics portfolio and pipeline." Wells believes a purchase price for Allergan of $50B or $165 per share could be justified.
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July 6, 2015
15:02 EDTAGNPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharmaceuticals Analyst Schimmer, along with Dr. Diana Do, a leading clinician-scientist who specializes in the treatment of retinal conditions at the University of Nebraska, discuss the current practice dynamics and treatment of wet-AMD (age-related macular degeneration), the recent AAVL Phase 2a dataset and key points of debate and emerging treatment options in wet-AMD on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 7 at 4:30 pm.
10:02 EDTJNJWi-LAN enters settlement, license agreement with Cordis
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07:10 EDTAGNHorizon Pharma files patent infringement lawsuits against five companies
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07:04 EDTAGNAllergan to acquire Oculeve dry eye disease development programs
Allergan and Oculeve announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire Oculeve in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Allergan will acquire Oculeve for a $125M upfront payment and commercialization milestone payments related to Oculeve's lead development program OD-01. The agreement also includes the acquisition of an additional earlier-stage dry eye device development program. Allergan's 2015 earnings-per-share forecast provided on May 11, 2015 is unchanged as a result of the acquisition. The company remains committed to de-levering to below 3.5x debt to Adjusted EBITDA by the end of the first quarter of 2016. The acquisition of Oculeve adds novel, complementary dry eye development programs to Allergan's current eye care research and development programs, including OD-01, a non-invasive nasal neurostimulation device that increases tear production in patients with dry eye disease. Oculeve has completed four clinical studies of OD-01 to date in more than 200 patients, showing positive safety and efficacy of the device. Allergan plans to conduct two additional pivotal trials prior to FDA submission, which is expected in 2016 with potential commercial launch in 2017. The transaction is subject to the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Pending approvals, Allergan anticipates closing the transaction in the third quarter of 2015.
July 1, 2015
16:33 EDTJNJGilead submits NDA to FDA for single tablet regimen for HIV containing R/F/TAF
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen that combines Gilead’s emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, 25 mg with rilpivirine 25 mg, or R/F/TAF, from Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. The data submitted in the NDA support the use of R/F/TAF among patients who are HIV treatment-naïve or who are virologically suppressed and want to replace their current antiretroviral treatment regimen. A Priority Review voucher acquired from Knight Therapeutics in November 2014 was submitted to the FDA along with the R/F/TAF NDA. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, the anticipated target action date for the R/F/TAF NDA is six months after the FDA’s acceptance of the filing. TAF is a novel, investigational nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or NRTI, that has demonstrated high antiviral efficacy at a dose less than one-tenth that of Gilead’s Viread, as well as improved renal and bone laboratory parameters as compared to TDF in clinical trials in combination with other antiretroviral agents. In addition to R/F/TAF, two other TAF-based HIV treatments are also under FDA review.
June 29, 2015
17:22 EDTAGNAllergan reports 6.7% stake in KYTHERA
08:39 EDTMRKMerck says Phase 3 Emend data shows it provides 'greater protection' from nausea
Merck announced results from a Phase 3 study investigating the safety and efficacy of single-dose Emend for Injection, Merck’s substance P/neurokinin receptor antagonist, in combination with other anti-vomiting medicines, for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, or CINV, in adult cancer patients receiving moderately emetogenic chemotherapy, or MEC. In the study, the first to evaluate an intravenous NK-1 receptor antagonist for the prevention of CINV associated with MEC, the single-dose Emend for Injection regimen provided greater protection from nausea and vomiting following administration of chemotherapy versus an active control of placebo with other anti-vomiting medicines. These data were presented in an oral session at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on “Supportive Care in Cancer” in Copenhagen.
June 26, 2015
16:16 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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09:37 EDTVRXValeant unlikely to pursue Zoetis acquisition, CNBC's Faber says
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09:33 EDTVRXValeant made Zoetis approach as courtesy to Ackman, CNBC reports
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09:33 EDTVRXValeant not going to pursue Zoetis acquisition, CNBC's Faber reports
06:06 EDTVRXZoetis downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:02 EDTVRXJPMorgan assumes Valeant pays $60/share for Zoetis
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott believes Zoetis (ZTS) would bring "an attractive, durable, cash-pay business" to Valeant's portfolio should a merger occur. The Wall Street Journal last night reported that Valeant has approached Zoetis regarding a potential takeover. Schott sees the deal being minimally accretive to near-term earnings, and assumes Valeant pays $60 per share for Zoetis, or a 20% premium to Wednesday's closing price. The analyst thinks any offer would include a substantial equity component given Valeant's levered balance sheet following the Salix acquisition. Schott keeps an Overweight rating on Valeant and a Neutral rating on Zoetis.
June 25, 2015
16:13 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, WSJ reports
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis (ZTS), said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The report said it was not clear if Zoetis is open to a sale or what was the company’s reaction to the approach. Zoetis share spiked more than 11% into the close following the report and are up another 1% to $55.95 in after hours trading. Reference Link
15:58 EDTVRXZoetis jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of Valeant approach
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15:57 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, DJ reports
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08:13 EDTAGNAllergan CEO: Irvine campus ‘crucial’ to company, L.A. Times reports
New Allergan CEO Brent Saunders said that the company’s Irvine, California campus is “crucial” to the recently purchased organization, the L.A. Times reports, citing comments from Saunders in an interview. Allergan was purchased in March by Actavis, a move which led to the layoff of roughly 600 employees from the Irvine offices, the report says. Saunders said that the “bleeding has stopped” after a round of layoffs, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
09:07 EDTMRKCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
09:20 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics announces submission of NDA to FDA for RELISTOR
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) announced that Valeant submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for RELISTOR, or methylnaltrexone bromide, Tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
07:25 EDTVRXPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.

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