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April 14, 2014
14:42 EDTALNY, NVS, TKMR, ARWRAlnylam slips after Novartis reportedly cuts back RNAi development
Shares of Alnylam (ALNY) are lower in afternoon trading after a biotech focused newsletter reported that its partner, pharmaceutical giant Novartis (NVS), confirmed plans to "significantly reduce" its ribonucleic acid interface, or RNAi, research efforts. WHAT'S NEW: FierceBiotech reported earlier today that Novartis has decided to significantly cut back its once-ambitious RNAi research efforts, citing ongoing problems associated with delivering these therapies and the small number of relevant targets they could target. A total of 26 Novartis staffers were working full-time on the RNAi program full time, which grew out of a partnership with Alnylam, the report noted. OTHERS TO WATCH: Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), like Alnylam, is focused on advancing ribonucleic acid interference therapeutics. Arrowhead Research (ARWR) is another biopharmaceutical company developing RNAi therapeutics. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Alnylam shares are down 4.5% to $52.58, Tekmira's stock is down nearly 16% to $15.49, and Arrowhead shares are off 3% to $12.71. Shares of Novartis are up about 1% to $83.48.
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September 17, 2014
07:36 EDTARWRArrowhead outlook positive, says RBC Capital
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September 16, 2014
08:02 EDTALNYAlnylam presents ALN-CC5 pre-clinical data
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07:31 EDTNVSEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
September 15, 2014
08:01 EDTALNYAlnylam names Karen Anderson as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
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07:27 EDTNVSIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTALNY, NVSHeart Failure Society of America to hold annual meeting
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September 12, 2014
08:02 EDTALNYAlnylam broadens pipeline with ALN-AGT
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced that it is broadening its pipeline with ALN-AGT. In a poster presented at the American Heart Associationís High Blood Pressure Research 2014 Scientific Sessions, Alnylam and collaborators at the Charite Universitatsmedizin in Berlin presented results of an ALN-AGT lead molecule in an established preeclamptic rodent model. The study showed that administration of ALN-AGT resulted in knockdown of maternal AGT in the liver without detectable evidence of fetal drug exposure, significantly improved pregnancy-related hypertension, ameliorated preeclamptic sequelae in the mother such as proteinuria, and improved fetal outcomes.
05:18 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving NEDA
Novartis announced new analyses presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, USA, which confirmed the high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity', or NEDA, in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, across four key disease measures - relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Specifically, patients taking Gilenya had a more than four-times greater likelihood of achieving NEDA across these four key measures. NEDA is currently defined as having no relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. These new analyses from the phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials reinforce the value of including brain shrinkage to the definition of NEDA. The inclusion of brain shrinkage into the NEDA definition would allow physicians to obtain a more complete assessment of a patient's disease, including the underlying damage in MS.
September 11, 2014
10:20 EDTTKMRNebraska Medical Center not naming Ebola drug, The Street reports
Nebraska Medical Center is not releasing the name of the experimental Ebola drug being given to Dr. Rick Sacra, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reports, citing an emailed response from the hospital. Traders are speculating Tekmira (TKMR) is the manufacturer of the drug, Feuerstein points out. Sarepta (SRPT) disclosed that it is not involved in the treatment of Sacra, added Feuerstein. Shares of Tekmira are up 3% to $19.65 in morning trading. Reference Link
September 10, 2014
05:17 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data confirms reducing brain shrinkage matter for MS patients
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September 9, 2014
07:55 EDTNVSOphthotech earlier than expected Novartis payment positive, says Oppenheimer
After Ophthotech (OPHT) received a $50M Phase 3 enrollment payment from Novartis (NVS) earlier than expected, Oppenheimer thinks the payment highlights an underappreciated stock driver for Opthotech, and demonstrates that recent suggestions of Phase 3 enrollment timelines possibly slipping are unwarranted. The firm believes the company is executing well on the Fovista Phase 3 program and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
September 8, 2014
09:27 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:38 EDTNVSMerus Labs acquires Sintrom from Novartis
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07:33 EDTNVSOphthotech achieves $50M milestone under ex-agreement with Novartis for Fovista
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September 7, 2014
17:15 EDTNVSNovartis presents new data on once-daily Ultibro Breezhaler
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13:57 EDTTKMRGlaxoSmithKline Ebola vaccine works in tests on monkeys, Bloomberg says
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September 3, 2014
05:43 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data redefining MS treatment goals
Novartis announced that new analyses to be presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, MA from September 10-13, will add to the growing evidence confirming the importance of redefining treatment goals in multiple sclerosis, or MS. The goal of MS treatment is to have 'no evidence of disease activity' or 'NEDA', which is currently defined as no evidence of relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. New data to be presented will reinforce the clinical relevance of brain shrinkage and highlight the benefit of including it as a fourth key measure of MS in the definition of NEDA. In addition, other analyses will show that patients treated with Gilenya were more likely to achieve NEDA based on assessment of these four key measures, including MS-related brain shrinkage, than those on placebo. New Gilenya analyses will show how brain shrinkage is associated with future long-term disability progression in patients with MS and that patients with relapsing MS treated with Gilenya had lower rates of brain shrinkage that importantly were sustained over time. The findings will also provide further evidence of the high efficacy of Gilenya on MS disease activity across four key measures.

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