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February 5, 2014
06:18 EDTMRK, AMGNAmgen, Merck collaborate on combination treatment for advanced melanoma
Amgen (AMGN) and Merck (MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced that they have entered into an agreement through a subsidiary to evaluate the safety and efficacy of talimogene laherparepvec, an investigational oncolytic immunotherapy, combined with MK-3475, an investigational anti-PD-1 immunotherapy, in a Phase 1b/2 study of patients with mid- to late-stage melanoma. The multicenter, open-label clinical trial will be conducted in two parts and is planned to begin in the fall of 2014. Phase 1b is designed to determine the safety and tolerability of talimogene laherparepvec in combination with MK-3475 in patients with previously untreated, unresected, stage IIIB to IVM1a melanoma. The Phase 2 portion will evaluate efficacy, as assessed by the confirmed objective response rate, with talimogene laherparepvec in combination with MK-3475 versus MK-3475 alone in patients with previously untreated, unresected, stage IIIB to IVM1c melanoma. The study will also evaluate the efficacy of treatment with talimogene laherparepvec in combination with MK-3475 following disease progression on MK-3475 alone.
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June 30, 2015
11:36 EDTAMGNRumor: Amgen moves up on speculation of an investor stake
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07:03 EDTAMGNCelgene leaps forward in immuno-oncology with Juno deal, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said that Celgene (CELG) effectively spent $1B to buy into adoptive T cell therapy and own all of Juno Therapeutics' (JUNO) opportunities outside the U.S., leaping the company into a leading position in the immuno-oncology space. Schimmer additionally thinks Celgene's transaction should help boost investor confidence about the utility and value of CAR and TCR therapies, noting that he sees Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM), Cellectis (CLLS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), bluebird bio (BLUE) and the Amgen (AMGN)-Kite Pharma (KITE) partnership as best positioned to compete in this rapidly advancing field. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating and $144 price target on Celgene.
June 29, 2015
08:39 EDTMRKMerck says Phase 3 Emend data shows it provides 'greater protection' from nausea
Merck announced results from a Phase 3 study investigating the safety and efficacy of single-dose Emend for Injection, Merck’s substance P/neurokinin receptor antagonist, in combination with other anti-vomiting medicines, for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, or CINV, in adult cancer patients receiving moderately emetogenic chemotherapy, or MEC. In the study, the first to evaluate an intravenous NK-1 receptor antagonist for the prevention of CINV associated with MEC, the single-dose Emend for Injection regimen provided greater protection from nausea and vomiting following administration of chemotherapy versus an active control of placebo with other anti-vomiting medicines. These data were presented in an oral session at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on “Supportive Care in Cancer” in Copenhagen.
June 24, 2015
09:07 EDTMRKCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
07:56 EDTAMGNAmgen management to meet with Evercore ISI
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June 23, 2015
07:25 EDTAMGNPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 21, 2015
13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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