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March 10, 2014
08:35 EDTNVS, VRX, ANACAnacor names Vince Ippolito as Chief Commercial Officer
Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) announced the appointment of Vince Ippolito as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Ippolito has over 25 years of experience leading specialty medical sales and marketing efforts at Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Novartis AG (NVS).
News For ANAC;VRX;NVS From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
16:33 EDTNVSAmgen, Novartis enter agreement for Alzheimer's, migraine research
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05:33 EDTVRXValeant, AstraZeneca to partner on brodalumab
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that its affiliate has entered into a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) under which Valeant was granted an exclusive license to develop and commercialize brodalumab. Brodalumab is an IL-17 receptor monoclonal antibody in development for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Under the agreement, Valeant will hold the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize brodalumab globally, except in Japan and certain other Asian countries where rights are held by Kyowa Hakko Kirin under a prior arrangement with Amgen Inc., the originator of brodalumab. Valeant will assume all development costs associated with the regulatory approval for brodalumab. Regulatory submission in U.S. and EU for brodalumab in moderate-to-severe psoriasis is planned for Q4. Under the terms of the agreement, Valeant will make an up-front payment to AstraZeneca of $100M, as well as additional pre-launch milestones of up to $170M and further sales-related milestone payments of up to $175M following launch. After approval, AstraZeneca and Valeant will share profits.
August 28, 2015
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis renews pledge with WHO to end leprosy
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August 27, 2015
11:15 EDTANACAnacor management to meet with Jefferies
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August 25, 2015
15:02 EDTNVSMylan says USPTO institutes IPR of two Copaxone patents
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08:05 EDTVRXValeant names D. Robert Hale to board of directors
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced the addition of D. Robert Hale, Partner of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors and the resignation of Jeffrey W. Ubben, CEO and CIO of ValueAct Capital, effective as of August 19, 2015. ValueAct Capital, an investment firm based in San Francisco with over $20B under management, owns approximately 4% of the outstanding stock of Valeant, and has been a shareholder in Valeant since 2006. As a Partner and member of the investment team of ValueAct Capital, Hale has worked closely with the board and management team of Valeant since January 2011. Hale will be the fourth Partner of ValueAct Capital to serve on the Valeant Board, following Mason Morfit, Brandon Boze, and Jeff Ubben.
August 24, 2015
13:15 EDTNVSFDA expands use of Novartis' Promacta to include children ages 1 and older
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) announced that the FDA has approved an expanded use for Promacta, a Novartis (NVS) product, to include children 1 year of age and older with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins or splenectomy. Promacta was acquired by Novartis in March from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Promacta was discovered as a result of research collaboration between GSK and Ligand Pharmaceuticals and was developed by GSK. The updated label also includes a new oral suspension formulation of Promacta that is designed for younger children who may not be able to swallow tablets. Promacta was approved by the FDA as a tablet formulation in June 2015 for children 6 years of age and older and in 2008 for use in adult patients with the same condition. The label expansion of Promacta was based on data from two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, including the largest Phase 3 clinical trial in this patient population. Treatment with Promacta significantly increased and sustained platelet counts among pediatric patients with chronic ITP with an insufficient response to prior chronic ITP therapies, and some patients taking concomitant ITP medications were able to reduce or discontinue their use of these medications, primarily corticosteroids. Promacta should be used only in those whose degree of thrombocytopenia and clinical condition increase the risk for bleeding.
12:11 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approves expanded use for Promacta
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTVRXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
08:10 EDTANACAnacor: Coalition seeks to invalidate patents for Kerydin
In a regulatory filing, Anacor said that on August 20, a hedge fund -- acting with affiliated parties and proceeding under the name of the Coalition for Affordable Drugs X LLC -- filed petitions with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to institute inter partes review proceedings to invalidate Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Orange Book-listed U.S. Patents Nos. 7,582,621 and 7,767,657 covering KERYDIN topical solution, 5%.If one or more of CFAD's IPR petitions are accepted by the PTAB, the Company will have three months to file its preliminary responses. Upon receipt of the Company's preliminary responses, the PTAB will have another three months in which to institute or deny the IPR proceedings. If the IPR proceedings are instituted by the PTAB, CFAD will have an opportunity to challenge the validity of some or all of the claims in the Kerydin Orange Book Patents before the PTAB. The Company is currently reviewing CFAD's IPR petitions and intends to vigorously oppose the institution of the IPR proceedings and, if the IPR proceedings are instituted, to vigorously defend the Kerydin Orange Book Patents.
05:25 EDTNVSNovartis acquires all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GSK
Novartis (NVS) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Ofatumumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody which targets CD20, is being developed for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, and other autoimmune indications. Novartis previously acquired the rights to Ofatumumab for oncology indications and it is marketed under the brand name Arzerra. Novartis will be responsible for the worldwide development, regulatory and commercialization activities for Ofatumumab. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will make an initial upfront payment of $300M to GSK for the acquisition of the compound and a further payment of $200M payable following the start of a phase III study in MS by Novartis. Upon completion of pre-determined milestones, contingent payments of up to $534M may be made. Novartis will also pay royalties of up to 12% to GSK on any future net sales of Ofatumumab in autoimmune conditions.
August 20, 2015
18:09 EDTVRXValeant a bargain, poised for growth, Barron's says
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16:48 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:26 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:20 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTVRXPalatin up 15.18% after Valeant announces plans to buy Sprout for $1B
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07:31 EDTVRXValeant to acquire Sprout Pharma for $1B, plus a share of future profits
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05:50 EDTVRXValeant nears deal to buy Sprout Pharma for $1B, WSJ reports
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05:29 EDTNVSNovartis Odomzo gains EU approval for laBCC
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