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May 12, 2014
08:06 EDTALNY, MRKAlnylam names new program ALN-HBV to its pipeline
Alnylam (ALNY) announced that it has named a new program to its pipeline, ALN-HBV for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. The new ALN-HBV program derives from the company’s January 2014 acquisition of Merck’s (MRK) RNAi assets, including their Sirna Therapeutics subsidiary. In the most comprehensive proof-of-concept pre-clinical study results presented to date with an RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of HBV, Alnylam reported significant, multi-log reductions in HBV surface antigen and HBV viral titers, and showed evidence for an immune-mediated therapeutic effect in chronically infected chimpanzees. Alnylam plans to advance an ESC-GalNAc-siRNA conjugate targeting the HBV genome for its ALN-HBV program. An ESC-GalNAc-siRNA conjugate will enable subcutaneous dose administration with improved potency and durability, and a wide therapeutic index. The company expects to select a Development Candidate in late FY14 and plans to file an IND or IND equivalent around year end FY15.
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October 20, 2014
07:19 EDTMRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
October 17, 2014
07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
October 15, 2014
12:42 EDTMRKNY AG announces $31M Medicaid settlement with Organon
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09:57 EDTMRK, ALNYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTMRKBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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08:04 EDTALNYAlnylam presents new ALN-TTRsc Phase 1 trial data
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05:40 EDTALNYTekmira partner Alnylam reports positive clinical data for Patisiran study
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR) reported that Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) presented six-month clinical data for the ongoing Patisiran Phase II Open Label Extension, or OLE, study in patients with Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropathy, or FAP. Patisiran is an RNAi therapeutic targeting transthyretin, or TTR, in development for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis, or ATTR, which is enabled by Tekmira's lipid nanoparticle, or LNP, technology. Alnylam presented data at the American Neurological Association's 2014 Annual Meeting. Results showed a mean 0.95 point decrease in modified Neuropathy Impairment Score at six months in 19 patients with mNIS+7 data available for the current analysis. This decrease in neuropathy progression compares favorably with the 7 to 10 point increase in mNIS+7 at six months that can be estimated from historical data sets in untreated FAP patients with similar baseline characteristics.
October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTALNYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
09:44 EDTALNYAlnylam price target raised to $133 on positive Ph. 2 results at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised Alnylam's price target to $133 from $101 following positive Phase 2 open-label extension study with patisiran in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.
07:37 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:33 EDTALNYAmerican Neurological Association to hold annual meeting
ANA 2014: 139th Annual Meeting is being held in Baltimore on October 12-14.
07:12 EDTALNYOligonucleotide Therapeutics Society to hold annual meeting
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06:44 EDTALNYAlnylam to host conference call
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06:04 EDTALNYAlnylam's patisiran for polyneuropathy shows positive Phase 2 results
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October 9, 2014
08:32 EDTMRKMerck HCV solutions becoming more credible, says Bernstein
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October 8, 2014
11:14 EDTMRKMerck presents new MK-5172/MK-8742 clinical study data
Merck announced that new data from clinical studies of the company’s investigational, oral, once-daily, fixed-dose combination chronic hepatitis C treatment grazoprevir/elbasvir, or MK-5172/MK-8742, are scheduled to be presented at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from November 7-11. New data will also be presented for MK-3682, formerly IDX21437, as part of its purchase of Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
11:08 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses IMPROVE-IT's regulatory and commercial implications for novel LDL-lowering therapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 2 pm.
10:55 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
07:18 EDTMRKInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
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