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May 28, 2014
09:42 EDTARIA, GSKGSK declines comment on ARIAD rumors, Independent reports
Amid rumors started by traders that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is said to be considering a 1B pound bid for ARIAD (ARIA), the pharmaceutical giant declined to comment. The Independent Reports. Reference Link
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March 2, 2015
07:04 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $15M from GlaxoSmithKline for advancing ISIS-TTR Rx
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) announced that it has earned a $15M milestone payment from GSK (GSK) related to advancing the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug Isis is developing with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $60 million in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. In addition, if GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license ISIS-TTRRx, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
February 26, 2015
10:56 EDTARIAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 25, 2015
12:13 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline sees Novartis transaction closing next week
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11:24 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces return of alli to retail stores
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February 24, 2015
10:12 EDTARIAOptions with increasing implied volatility: LO ARIA OWW
February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTGSKRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
11:17 EDTGSKFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
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February 20, 2015
07:23 EDTGSKAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTGSKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
06:35 EDTARIASarissa Capital seeks retirement of ARIAD CEO, board seats
Sarissa Capital disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has been in negotiations with members of ARIAD's board in an attempt to avoid a potential proxy contest. Sarissa said it indicated its belief that the board undertake measures to effect and facilitate the imminent retirement of Harvey Berger as CEO and that any settlement of a potential proxy contest must include the CEO’s retirement. It added that no settlement has been reached. Sarissa believes the board "as currently constructed is not up to the task of providing the stewardship necessary to optimally navigate" the company. On February 19, Sarissa notified ARIAD that it intends to appear at the company's 2015 annual meeting of stockholders to nominate and seek to elect Richard Mulligan, Ph.D. and Anna Protopapas to the eight member staggered board of directors. Sarissa intends to seek to unseat Harvey Berger, ARIAD's Chairman and CEO, and Wayne Wilson, the lead independent director, with its two nominees. Sarissa added that it is "extremely concerned" with the conduct of certain members of the board, "particularly with respect to compensation, governance and financial matters." The hedge fund said it may ultimately initiate court proceedings to seek to remove one or more directors for cause based on potential breaches of their fiduciary duties. Sarissa Capital has a 6.9% stake in ARIAD.
February 19, 2015
08:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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07:39 EDTARIAARIAD expects to file IND application for AP32788 this year
ARIAD says "We expect to file an investigational new drug application for AP32788 this year and to begin a Phase 1/2 proof-of-concept trial in 2016. This will be our third IND filing of an internally discovered oncology development candidate in the past eight years." The company also says "We anticipate presenting updates from the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of brigatinib at the 2015 European Lung Cancer Conference and the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings later this year. Additionally, we expect to present preliminary data from the brigatinib ALTA trial in the second half of 2015."
07:38 EDTARIAARIAD sees FY15 net product revenues from sales of Iclusig $130M-$140M
Net product revenues from sales of Iclusig are expected to be in the range of $130M-$140M. This guidance includes sales of Iclusig in the U.S., Europe, and other select countries where ARIAD has distributorships in place. R&D expenses are expected to be in the range of $185M-$195M, reflecting increased development activities for Iclusig, brigatinib, and AP32788, as well as ongoing discovery research efforts. Expenses related to Iclusig represent approximately 50% of total R&D expenses and include the three new planned trials to begin this year, as well as all ongoing trials. Expenses related to brigatinib represent approximately 35% of total R&D expenses and include the two ongoing trials and NDA-enabling pre-clinical studies.
07:37 EDTARIAARIAD reports Q4 EPS (3c), consensus (20c)
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February 17, 2015
07:38 EDTGSKGlaxo replaces head of struggling U.S. drug unit, Bloomberg reports
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