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January 13, 2014
05:10 EDTALNY, MRKAlnylam 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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December 8, 2014
17:54 EDTMRKFour Cubist Cubicin patents invalidated as Hospira wins ruling, Bloomberg says
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17:30 EDTMRKMerck acquisition of Cubist could be a 'winner', Barron's says
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17:30 EDTMRKMerck shares lower after reports of judge decision in Cubist/Hospira case
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16:24 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
16:24 EDTMRKAmgen initiates new combination trial for talimogene laherparepvec with KEYTRUDA
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13:12 EDTMRKMerck paid full price but made good deal for Cubist, says UBS
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12:40 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:25 EDTMRKAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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08:30 EDTMRKMerck says deals with Cubist includes $250M break-up fee clause
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08:21 EDTMRKMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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08:11 EDTMRKCubist volatility elevated into Merck acquiring for $8.4B in cash
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08:08 EDTMRKMerck says about $9.5B of debt to be issued related to Cubist deal
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07:35 EDTMRKAdvaxis reports FDA acceptance of IND application for ADXS-PSA combination trial
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07:13 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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07:01 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash, or $9.5B
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07:00 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash
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December 7, 2014
16:29 EDTMRKMerck in discussions to buy Cubist for $7B, Bloomberg reports
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13:13 EDTALNYAlnylam files clinical trial application for ALN-CC5
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced that it has filed a Clinical Trial Application, CTA, with the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA, to initiate a Phase 1/2 clinical trial with ALN-CC5, a subcutaneously administered investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting complement component C5 for the treatment of complement-mediated diseases. As per the CTA filing, the intended clinical study of ALN-CC5 will be performed in normal human volunteers and, then, in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, PNH. Following approval of the CTA, the company expects to initiate the Phase 1/2 study in early 2015, with initial data expected to be reported in mid-2015. In addition, Alnylam scientists presented new pre-clinical data at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Amongst other reported research findings, new data showed an up to 99.2% knockdown of serum C5 and up to 96.2% inhibition of serum hemolytic activity in non-human primates, NHPs, with continued dosing for over seven months.
12:58 EDTMRKMerck presents KEYTRUDA data at ASH
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December 5, 2014
08:39 EDTALNYAlnylam to host research and development day
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