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May 23, 2014
10:55 EDTAMGN, AMGN, NVS, NVS, MRK, MRK, INCY, INCY, GSK, GSK, EXEL, EXEL, BMY, BMY, AZN, AZN, ARRY, ARRY, RHHBY, RHHBYLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Analysts Liang and Kapur discuss the market opportunity and role of immunotherapy in the adjuvant melanoma setting ahead of the upcoming ASCO Annual Meeting on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AMGN, ARRY, AZN, BMY, EXEL, GSK, INCY, MRK, NVS and RHHBY may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 28 at 11:30 am.
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April 21, 2015
06:44 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded on early Opdivo success at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Bristol-Myers to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm raised estimates above consensus and increased its price target on the stock to $80 from $60 following confirmation of Opdivo's survival benefits in lung cancer. Morgan Stanley expects Opdivo to be one of the top three pharma-bio launches over the next several years and notes Bristol is ahead of the competition in immuno-oncology combination drug development.
06:15 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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05:57 EDTINCYIncyte price target raised to $121 from $80 at Piper Jaffray
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05:33 EDTRHHBYInovio, Roche initiate clinical trial for DNA immunotherapy to treat HCB
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) announced that it has initiated a Phase I trial to evaluate Inovio's DNA immunotherapy in patients who are chronically infected with hepatitis B. In 2013, Roche (RHHBY) and Inovio entered into a partnership to co-develop and commercialize Inovio's hepatitis B immunotherapy. This trial initiation triggers a $3M milestone payment from Roche to Inovio. This phase I, randomized, open-label, active-controlled, dose escalation study will evaluate the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of Inovio's hepatitis B immunotherapy, INO-1800, alone or in combination with INO-9112, Inovio's IL-12-based immune activator. This international study will enroll patients in the United States and Asia Pacific region with a primary endpoint of safety and tolerability of the therapy. The secondary endpoints will evaluate the cellular and humoral immune response to INO-1800 and investigate the therapy's effect on several viral and antiviral parameters. All trial subjects are also medicated with standard-of-care antiviral therapies.
05:26 EDTNVSNovartis says data shows Gilenya high efficacy
Novartis announced new analysis from the Phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II. The data showed that previously-treated patients with highly-active relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, who were treated with Gilenya had a six-times greater likelihood of achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures of disease activity compared to placebo over two years. This is referred to as NEDA4 and is achieved when a patient with RMS has no relapses, no new MRI lesions, no MS-related brain shrinkage and no disability progression. This analysis was the first time patients with highly-active RMS who had been treated in the previous year with an injectable therapy were assessed using the NEDA4 definition that includes brain shrinkage. Brain shrinkage is a marker of the widespread inflammatory damage in the central nervous system and is associated with accumulated loss of function. By using this updated NEDA4 definition, physicians are able to get a more complete picture of a patient's disease and response to treatment, which is crucial to identify the optimal therapy to slow short- and long-term disease progression. This is especially important for people with highly-active RMS, who are at a greater risk of relapses and future loss of function, and may therefore require a different treatment approach.
April 20, 2015
12:31 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:44 EDTNVSCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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09:20 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:47 EDTINCYIncyte price target raised to $120 from $93 at SunTrust
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08:12 EDTBMYVanda names Tom Gibbs as SVP and Chief Commercial OfficerBristol-Myers
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08:05 EDTMRKTetraLogic, Merck enter into oncology clinical study collaboration
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07:20 EDTGSK, BMY, MRK, NVS, EXEL, ARRYAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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07:01 EDTGSKPernix Therapeutics obtains six months U.S. pediatric exclusivity for Treximet
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06:02 EDTAZNClovis pullback on Astra data a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
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April 19, 2015
19:35 EDTMRKMerck to swiftly repay $5B loan, explore acquisitions by late 2017, Reuters says
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15:21 EDTMRKMerck announces new data from Keytruda study
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14:59 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda 'superior' to ipilimumab for PFS in patients with melanoma
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14:47 EDTMRKMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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14:31 EDTMRKMerck reports 28% Keytruda response rate in 25 pleural mesothelioma patients
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