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May 9, 2014
16:02 EDTAMGN, AZNAmgen, AstraZeneca reports brodalumab study met primary, secondary endpoints
Amgen (AMGN) and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the Phase 3 AMAGINE-1 study evaluating brodalumab in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met all primary and secondary endpoints for both evaluated doses. Brodalumab is the only investigational treatment in development that binds to the interleukin-17 receptor and inhibits inflammatory signaling by blocking the binding of several IL-17 ligands to the receptor. Primary endpoints were patients achieving at least a 75% improvement from baseline in disease severity at week 12, as measured by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index, and patients achieving clear or almost clear skin at week 12 according to the static Physician Global Assessment.
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July 30, 2015
12:37 EDTAMGNAmgen July weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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12:05 EDTAMGNEarnings Watch: Amgen shares up about 1.5% since last report
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09:10 EDTAZNAstraZeneca CEO: Acquisition purchasing prices 'pretty hefty,' Reuters reports
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07:25 EDTAZNCharles River, AstraZeneca renew strategic partnership agreement
Charles River Laboratories International (CRL) announced that it has extended its initial three-year partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN) for an additional five-year period. Under the agreement, which extends into 2020, Charles River retains its position as AstraZeneca’s preferred strategic partner for outsourced regulated safety assessment and development DMPK.
05:57 EDTAZNRoche submits filing to FDA for companion diagnostic for NSCLC drug therapy
Roche announced it has submitted the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 for Premarket Approval, or PMA, to the FDA, as a companion diagnostic test for AZD9291, an AstraZeneca (AZN) investigational therapy for non-small cell lung cancer patients with an acquired resistant mutation. Patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have adenocarcinoma with tumor containing an EGFR sensitizing mutation show significant benefit from currently available EGFR TKI therapies. However, approximately two-thirds of these patients will relapse and develop drug resistance. In many cases, this resistance is caused by an acquired mutation called T790M. The cobas EGFR v2 test can aid clinicians to appropriately select NSCLC patients who have acquired the T790M mutation and are most likely to benefit from AstraZeneca's novel therapy.
July 29, 2015
07:49 EDTAMGNAmgen July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Amgen July weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, August is at 32, September is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 34, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 30.
05:59 EDTAMGNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMGN CLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amgen (AMGN) 30, Cliffs Natural (CLF) 125 according to iVolatility.
July 28, 2015
07:34 EDTAMGNJefferies sees entry point for Aegerion, upgrades to Buy
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07:20 EDTAZNBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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July 27, 2015
05:25 EDTAZNGenzyme acquires Caprelsa from AstraZeneca for $300M
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) to acquire Caprelsa, a rare disease therapy, indicated for the treatment of symptomatic or progressive medullary thyroid carcinoma in patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease. Caprelsa is an oral kinase inhibitor treatment and is currently available in 28 countries. Caprelsa is in Phase III development for differentiated thyroid carcinoma, with the study expected to finish in the second half of 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Genzyme will pay AstraZeneca up to $300M, including an upfront payment of $165M to acquire the global rights to sell and further develop Caprelsa, and further development and sales milestone payments of up to $135M. The transaction does not include the transfer of any AstraZeneca employees or facilities.
July 24, 2015
15:00 EDTAMGNBroader label for PCSK9 drug positive for Regeneron, Amgen, says Deutsche Bank
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12:44 EDTAMGNAmgen announces FDA approval of expanded Kyprolis indication
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12:27 EDTAMGNFDA approves expanded use of Kyprolis in multiple myeloma patients
The FDA announced that on July 24 the administration approved carfilzomib, or Kyprolis, marketed by Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen (AMGN) subsidiary, in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with relapsed multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior lines of therapy. The revised labeling includes new Warnings and Precautions for VTE, cardiac toxicities, acute renal failure, pulmonary toxicities, and hypertension. The increased safety risks, including mortality, for elderly patients is described. Detailed safety information in the prescribing information was also updated for use of carfilzomib monotherapy. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
09:10 EDTAMGNAmgen submits NDA for Kyprolis in relapsed multiple myeloma
Amgen submitted a supplemental New Drug Application to the FDA for Kyprolis for Injection to seek an expanded indication for the treatment of patients with a form of blood cancer, relapsed multiple myeloma, who have received at least one prior therapy. Kyprolis currently has accelerated approval in the U.S. for the treatment of patients with relapsed multiple myeloma as a monotherapy. The sNDA is based on data from the global Phase 3 ENDEAVOR trial in which relapsed multiple myeloma patients treated with Kyprolis and dexamethasone lived twice as long without their disease worsening, demonstrating statistically and clinically significant superiority over Velcade.
July 22, 2015
13:58 EDTAZNPiper cuts Array target by only 50c after failed trial
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff says selumetinib for Uveal Melanoma is a small indication and represented only a small part of his valuation for Array BioPharma (ARRY). As such, after partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that selumetinib failed in the Phase III trial, the analyst cut his price target for Array by only 50c to $14.50. The primary drivers for Array remain binimetinib and encorafenib in NRAS and BRAF melanoma and low-grade serous ovarian cancer, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:07 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Phase 3 study of selumetinib did not meet primary endpoint
AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the Phase 3 SUMIT study of selumetinib in combination with dacarbazine for the treatment of patients with metastatic uveal melanoma did not meet its primary endpoint of progression free survival. This combination therapy showed an adverse event profile generally consistent with current knowledge of the safety profiles of dacarbazine and selumetinib. A full evaluation of the data is ongoing. Selumetinib is a MEK inhibitor in late-stage development, with a primary Phase 3 program in second-line KRAS-mutant advanced non-small cell lung cancer in combination with docetaxel. Selumetinib is also being investigated in a Phase 3 study in differentiated thyroid cancer and in a Phase 2 registration study in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1. Selumetinib is an oral small molecule MEK inhibitor invented by Array BioPharma (ARRY) and licensed to AstraZeneca in 2003.
July 21, 2015
12:47 EDTAMGNPiper confident in Regeneron approval by Friday
After Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha received marketing authorization in Europe, making it the first of the anti-PCSK9 antibody to be approved worldwide, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expressed confidence that Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) anti-PCSK9 antibody Praluent will be approved by Friday's FDA action date. Tenthoff believes Praluent will eventually be a blockbuster drug, but anticipates the launch to be slow. He keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron with a $484 price target.
11:49 EDTAMGNNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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07:12 EDTAMGNAmgen's Repatha granted marketing authorization by EC
Amgen announced that the European Commission, or EC, has granted marketing authorization for Repatha, or evolocumab, the first proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9, inhibitor to be approved in the world, for the treatment of patients with uncontrolled cholesterol who require additional intensive low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reduction. Repatha is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9, a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.
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