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January 13, 2014
05:10 EDTMRK, ALNYAlnylam acquires Sirna Therapeutics from Merck for $175M in cash, equity
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) announced the acquisition of Merck’s (MRK) wholly owned subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics, comprising intellectual property and RNAi assets including pre-clinical therapeutic candidates, chemistry, siRNA-conjugate and other delivery technologies. Under the agreement, in exchange for acquiring the stock of Sirna Therapeutics, Alnylam will pay Merck an upfront payment of $175M in cash and equity, broken down as $25M cash and $150M in Alnylam common stock. In addition, Merck is eligible to receive up to $105M in developmental and sales milestone payments per product, as well as single-digit royalties, associated with the progress of certain pre-clinical candidates discovered by Merck. Merck is also eligible to receive up to $10M in milestone payments and single-digit royalties on Alnylam products covered by Sirna Therapeutics’ patent estate.
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08:18 EDTMRKOrganovo enters into a collaboration agreement with Merck Sharp and Dohme
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April 21, 2015
11:01 EDTALNYAlnylam price target raised to $145 from $125 at Leerink
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08:30 EDTMRKMerck reaffirms commitment to developing medicines for infectious diseases
Merck reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to discovering and developing novel medicines in the global fight against infectious diseases, including infections caused by resistant bacteria and other pathogens. At this year’s 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, April 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, researchers are scheduled to present more than 30 scientific data presentations on the company’s broad portfolio of marketed and investigational anti-infective medicines. Merck completed its acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Jan. 21, 2015, and continues to build on both companies’ work in infectious disease. Antimicrobial research remains an important area of focus. In addition to a combined portfolio of antibiotic and antifungal medicines, vaccines, and medicines for HIV and HCV, Merck has multiple programs that span discovery through late-stage development. In total, Merck currently has more than 15 ongoing clinical trials evaluating antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. These trials are projected to enroll approximately 8,000 patients.
06:59 EDTALNYAlnylam to host conference call
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06:03 EDTALNYAlnylam announces positive results from Phase 2 study with patisiran
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April 20, 2015
08:05 EDTMRKTetraLogic, Merck enter into oncology clinical study collaboration
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07:20 EDTMRKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTALNYAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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April 19, 2015
19:35 EDTMRKMerck to swiftly repay $5B loan, explore acquisitions by late 2017, Reuters says
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15:21 EDTMRKMerck announces new data from Keytruda study
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14:59 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda 'superior' to ipilimumab for PFS in patients with melanoma
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14:47 EDTMRKMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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14:31 EDTMRKMerck reports 28% Keytruda response rate in 25 pleural mesothelioma patients
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April 15, 2015
08:33 EDTMRKFDA panel results positive for Merck, says SunTrust
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April 14, 2015
13:32 EDTMRKMerck, NewLink Genetics confirm initiation of Phase 3 trial of Ebola vaccine
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08:18 EDTALNYAlnylam data encouraging, says JMP Securities
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April 13, 2015
11:02 EDTALNYAlnylam publishes pre-clinical results on ALN-AT3
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08:58 EDTMRKMerck may have positive read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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