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June 11, 2014
17:19 EDTAMGN, AZNAmgen says Phase 2 study of brodalumab met primary endpoint
Amgen (AMGN) and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that results from a Phase 2 study evaluating brodalumab in 168 patients with psoriatic arthritis were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. These data will also be presented at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress in Paris on June 14.. 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. The IL-17 pathway plays a central role in inducing and promoting inflammatory disease processes. The study showed that treatment with brodalumab significantly improved signs and clinical symptoms associated with the disease, including tender and swollen joints, at 12 weeks as measured by a 20% improvement in the American College of Rheumatology response criteria. The study also showed that many patients continued to improve, and that the improvements were sustained, through the first 52 weeks of the study reported in NEJM. The study achieved its primary endpoint with both doses of brodalumab exhibiting superiority to placebo in ACR20 responses at week 12. These responses continued to improve through 24 weeks and were sustained through the first 52 weeks of the study.1 ACR response criteria are a measure of improvement in tender and swollen joints, as well as patient and physician global assessments of disease activity, pain, disability and inflammatory markers. A 20% improvement from baseline in ACR response rates is known as ACR20, a 50% improvement from baseline is known as ACR50 and a 70% improvement from baseline is known as ACR70.
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October 20, 2014
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:19 EDTAZN, AMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAZNEuropean College of Neuropsychopharmacology to hold a conference
27th ECNP Congress is being held in Berlin, Germany on October 18-21.
October 19, 2014
15:56 EDTAMGNAmgen to aid in production method for Ebola drug ZMapp, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
09:06 EDTAMGNAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
October 15, 2014
10:48 EDTAZNShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTAMGN, AZNBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:53 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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05:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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October 9, 2014
16:11 EDTAMGNAmgen blinatumomab granted priority review by FDA
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08:10 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Phase IIb study of benralizumab met primary endpoint
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October 8, 2014
10:20 EDTAMGNAmgen biosimilar franchise underappreciated, says Piper Jaffray
After Amgen announced positive Phase 3 results for its biosimilar Humira in psoriasis, Piper Jaffray said it believes that Amgen's overall pipeline is underappreciated since the company's biosimilar franchise is generally not included in consensus estimates. The firm views Amgen as a top large cap picks and reiterate its Overweight rating on the stock.
09:16 EDTAMGNAmgen's ABP 501 for psoriasis shows positive Phase 3 results
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07:19 EDTAMGNCBI to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTAMGNEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
October 7, 2014
07:48 EDTAZNSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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October 6, 2014
07:32 EDTAZNAstraZeneca confirms AHA, ACC updated guideline
AstraZeneca confirmed that the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have updated the guideline for the management of patients with non–ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes. The guideline supports differentiation among currently available P2Y12 inhibitors, including ticagrelor, clopidogrel, and prasugrel, for these patients. BRILINTA is now preferred over clopidogrel for the management of NSTE-ACS patients who undergo an early invasive or ischemia-guided strategy or those who receive a coronary stent. This is the first time the AHA and ACC have recommended one P2Y12 over another in the treatment of acute coronary syndrome. The approved Prescribing Information for BRILINTA includes information about the approved uses for BRILINTA. BRILINTA has two Boxed WARNINGS, one for bleeding risk and the other for aspirin dose and reduced BRILINTA effectiveness. The Boxed WARNING on BLEEDING RISK states, like other antiplatelet agents, BRILINTA can cause significant, sometimes fatal, bleeding.
07:19 EDTAMGNLeerink healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Analysts discuss PCSK9 antibodies and evaluate the commercial potential and unmet need on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies Amgen, Sanofi and Regeneron may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call being held on October 6 at 11 am.

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