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December 4, 2012
07:55 EDTAMGN, AMGN, GSK, GSK, THLD, THLDThe FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
The Pediatric Oncology Subcommittee considers and discusses issues relating to development of each product for pediatric use and provide guidance to facilitate the formulation of written requests for pediatric studies, if appropriate. The four products are: (1) GlaxoSmithKline's Trametinib; (2) Threshold Pharmaceuticals' TH-302; (3) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals' volasertib (BI 6727) and (4) Amgen's blinatumomab (MT 103 in a meeting being held at FDA Silver Springs offices on December 4 at 8 am. Webcast Link
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October 22, 2014
07:49 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline sees FY14 dividend to rise 3% to 80p, 2015 dividend flat
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07:48 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces restructuring program for pharmaceuticals business
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07:46 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline to explore IPO of minority shareholding in ViiV Healthcare
Glaxo announced "further significant steps" within its Pharmaceuticals business to realize value for shareholders and deliver improved operational performance. Glaxo stated: "Five years ago, we created ViiV Healthcare, a new standalone global business focused on development of treatments for HIV. This has been a highly innovative and successful venture with our equity partners Pfizer and Shionogi. The business has made very significant progress in both R&D and commercial execution, culminating in the recent successful launches of Tivicay and Triumeq. We believe now is the right time to explore the potential for an IPO of a minority shareholding in this business. This will provide greater visibility of the intrinsic value we see in its currently marketed assets and future pipeline and also enhance potential future strategic flexibility."
07:44 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline backs FY14 view for core EPS 'broadly similar' to FY13
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continues to expect full year 2014 core EPS to be broadly similar to 2013 at CER and on ex-divestment basis. Glaxo says its proposed 3-part transaction with Novartis (NVS) is on track for completion in 1H15.
07:42 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q3 core EPS 27.9p, up 5% CER ex-divestments
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07:35 EDTAMGNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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06:41 EDTGSKWHO fast-tracking testing of two Ebola vaccines, Guardian reports
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October 21, 2014
15:42 EDTAMGNAmgen issues statement regarding Third Point Investment
Amgen issued the following statement with respect to media inquiries concerning Third Point LLC's equity position in Amgen: "Amgen maintains an active, engaged dialogue with all shareholders. Amgen has always appreciated the perspectives of all of its shareholders, including Third Point, and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors frequently receives input from shareholders, including ideas like those offered by Third Point. The Board and management continually assess Amgen's strategic priorities and, when appropriate, take action to set the best path forward to increase shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors and management remain focused on addressing significant unmet medical needs for serious illnesses and driving value for all shareholders. We look forward to further updating our shareholders on Amgen's strategic priorities and update on our restructuring plans at our business review on October 28th."
14:25 EDTAMGNAmgen urged by Third Point to split up
In its Q3 investor letter, Dan Loeb's Third Point said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. Amgen's first steps to target its "inflated cost structure" should be applauded, but Third Point believes "much more can and should be done," the firm wrote. Immediate action Amgen can take to create shareholder value include focusing its R&D efforts, providing long-term margin guidance demonstrating a commitment to reducing costs and creating clarity on additional shareholder returns, Third Point also said. Additionally, Third Point said it believes that Amgen could benefit from a separation and should seriously consider breaking up into a "MatureCo" and a "GrowthCo." Shares of Amgen are up 4% to $143.12 in afternoon trading following the circulation of Third Point's Q3 investor letter.
14:09 EDTAMGNThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
13:56 EDTAMGNDan Loeb discloses position in Amgen at Robin Hood Conference, CNBC reports
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11:04 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline receives orphan status for dabrafenib
The FDA granted GlaxoSmithKline orphan status for dabrafenib, its possible treatment of patients with BRAF mutation positive non-small cell lung cancer.
07:15 EDTAMGNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTGSKFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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October 20, 2014
09:09 EDTGSKEMA encourages applications for orphan designation for Ebola treatments
The European Medicines Agency encourages developers of treatments or vaccines against Ebola to apply for orphan designation. Applications for orphan designation of Ebola medicines will be treated as a priority and EMA has committed to fast-tracking their evaluation, the regulator announced. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX), NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
07:19 EDTAMGN, GSKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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October 19, 2014
15:56 EDTAMGNAmgen to aid in production method for Ebola drug ZMapp, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTGSKBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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11:17 EDTGSKGSK says Ebola vaccine too late for current epidemic, BBC reports
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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.
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