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July 15, 2013
19:14 EDTAMGNInterim results from Amgen Phase 2 study published
Amgen announced the Lancet Oncology published planned interim results from an international, open-label, Phase 2 clinical trial that is evaluating Xgeva in adults and skeletally mature adolescents diagnosed with giant cell tumor of bone. The study's primary endpoint is the safety profile of Xgeva. Secondary endpoints are the time to disease progression and the proportion of patients without any surgery at six months. Based on the investigators' interim assessment, 96% of patients with surgically unsalvageable GCTB had no disease progression after a median follow-up of 13 months. In those with salvageable GCTB whose surgery was associated with severe morbidity, 74% of patients required no surgery, and 62% of patients who had surgery underwent a less morbid procedure than planned. Overall, 72% of patients had objective tumor response, per protocol defined criteria, including 25% of patients who had an objective tumor response according to modified response evaluation criteria in solid tumors. The overall safety profile was found to be consistent with the known safety profile of Xgeva in patients with advanced cancer. Osteonecrosis of the jaw was reported in 1% of patients. Hypocalcemia adverse events, all non-serious, were reported in 5% of patients. The most common severe adverse events were low phosphate levels, back pain, pain in extremity, depression, musculoskeletal pain and anemia. Serious adverse events were reported in 9% of patients. No treatment-related deaths were reported.
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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 24, 2015
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.

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