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May 27, 2014
09:25 EDTAMGN, AMGN, RHHBY, RHHBY, NVS, NVS, MRK, MRK, LBIO, LBIO, INCY, INCY, GSK, GSK, CELG, CELG, BMY, BMY, AZN, AZN, ARRY, ARRY, ZIOP, ZIOPPiper Jaffray biopharm analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with a melanoma specialist, discuss the evolving roles of targeted therapies and cancer immunotherapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Companies with drugs in development for melanoma include AMGN, ARRY, AZN, BMY, CELG, GSK, INCY, LBIO, MRK, NWLK, NVS, RHHBY and ZIOP and may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 28 at 10 am.
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January 23, 2015
06:39 EDTMRK, GSKNIH, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck launch joint Ebola vaccine test in Liberia, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
08:49 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target raised to $70 from $63 at SunTrust
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January 21, 2015
12:35 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval for Cosentyx
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12:33 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis psoriasis drug Cosentyx
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12:30 EDTAZN, GSKGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:26 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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10:16 EDTMRK, BMY, AZN, AMGNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
09:02 EDTRHHBYRoche's Ventana seeks FDA premarket approval for ALK IHC lung cancer assay
Roche Group member Ventana Medical Systems announced its FDA submission for premarket approval of the Ventana ALK CDx Assay. The companion diagnostic immunohistochemistry test is designed to identify ALK1-positive lung cancer patients that may benefit from treatment with targeted therapy that inhibits the ALK gene. This submission was the fourth and final module and application required by the FDA's PMA process.
08:36 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $139 from $115 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Celgene to $139 from $115 following last week's guidance from the company. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Celgene shares.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubist’s stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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16:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers appoints Giovanni Caforio CEO
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a number of leadership changes approved by its board of directors and effective at the close of the annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May. Giovanni Caforio, M.D. will become CEO of the company. Lamberto Andreotti will become executive chairman of the board of directors on May 5 and will continue to serve as chairman after his retirement on August 3. James M. Cornelius, 71, has chosen not to stand for re-election as non-executive chairman and will retire from the board. Togo D. West, Jr., 72, will become the lead independent director on the company’s board.
13:21 EDTZIOPCAR T-Cell therapy drug stocks down sharply following NY Times story
Shares of biotechnology companies that are developing chimeric antigen receptor T cells or CAR T therapy drugs are falling sharply after a New York Times story titled "Riding High, Biotech Firms Remain Wary." WHAT'S NEW: Over the weekend, the New York Times published the story that struck a cautionary tone on the CAR-T therapy drugs. In this form of cancer treatment the patients own immune system cells are genetically manipulated to battle tumors. The New York Times story noted that there were some notable outcomes in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma with the CAR T treatments but highlighted that the "technique is still early in development and can cause severe side effects." WHAT'S NOTABLE. Early last week, Intrexon (XON) and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), announced an exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sub-licensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies. Both companies' shares were up sharply following the announcement ZIOPHARM was up around 55% and Intrexon up over 30% the day following the announcement. PRICE ACTION: Shares of drug companies in the space are sharply lower in midday trading, with ZIOPHARM Oncology and Kite Pharma (KITE) each down over 9%, Intrexon down almost 12%, and Bellicum Pharmaceutical (BLCM) and bluebird bio (BLUE) each down almost 5%. Reference Link
07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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05:54 EDTZIOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ZIOP INVN
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTRHHBYMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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10:14 EDTZIOPZiopharm mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper blog
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09:11 EDTCELGCelgene says oral Otezla approved by European Commission in 2 indications
Celgene International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for OTEZLA, the company’s oral selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4, in two therapeutic indications: For the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adult patients who failed to respond to or who have a contraindication to, or are intolerant to other systemic therapy including cyclosporine, methotrexate or psoralen and ultraviolet-A light. Alone or in combination with Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs, for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response or who have been intolerant to a prior DMARD therapy. The marketing authorization is based on efficacy and safety data from two Phase III programs, ESTEEM AND PALACE, which demonstrate a maintained clinical response among patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treated with OTEZLA through 52 weeks, across multiple endpoints. The EC decision follows the positive opinion issued by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use in November 2014.12 OTEZLA will be launched in the European Union in the coming months in accordance with local requirements.
08:31 EDTNVS, GSKGlaxoSmithKline CEO says more IPOs like ViiV could happen, Retuers says
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06:21 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires Trophos for EUR120M plus contingent payments
Roche has agreed to acquire Trophos, a privately held biotechnology company based in Marseille, France. Trophos’s proprietary screening platform generated olesoxime, TRO19622, which is being developed for SMA – a rare and debilitating genetic neuromuscular disease that is most commonly diagnosed in children. Results from a pivotal phase II clinical trial with olesoxime in SMA showed a beneficial effect on the maintenance of neuromuscular function in individuals with Type II and non-ambulatory Type III SMA, as well as a reduction in medical complications associated with the disease. These data were first presented in April 2014 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. Under the terms of the agreement, Trophos’s shareholders will receive an upfront cash payment of EUR 120M, plus additional contingent payments of up to EUR 350M based on achievement of certain predetermined milestones.
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