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April 7, 2014
08:09 EDTALNY, MRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
Alnylam (ALNY) announced that the European Patent Office has upheld the McSwiggen EP 1423406 patent in oral opposition proceedings in Munich, Germany. The McSwiggen patent estate describes chemical modifications of RNAi therapeutics that the company believes are critical for achieving “drug-like” properties in siRNA, the molecules that mediate RNAi. The patent is owned by Alnylam, and was recently obtained through the company’s acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics from Merck (MRK). The McSwiggen patent family comprises a core component of Alnylam’s overall intellectual property estate for the advancement of RNAi therapeutics as a new class of medicines.
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June 29, 2015
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 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
16:18 EDTALNYAlnylam weakness a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank said Alnylam's Phase 1 AT-3 conference presentation update was positive, as expected, supporting safety and efficacy. The firm's analyst said weakness could be due to fast money selling and recommends buying shares on weakness.
14:31 EDTALNYAlnylam reports new positive clinical data for ALN-AT3
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June 21, 2015
13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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