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March 5, 2014
13:02 EDTNVS, RHHBY, MRK, ARWR, BMYAnalyst: Arrowhead Research could be in early stages of major run, Barron's says
RBC analyst Michael Yee believes Arrowhead Research is in the early innings of a potentially major run, according to Barron's. Yee cites the company's promising lead drug for Hep B, its RNAi platform technology, and the fact that it could partner with larger firms such as Roche (RHHBY), Bristol Myers (BMY), Merck (MRK), and Novartis (NVS).Reference Link
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March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTNVSLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:46 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen
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07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:32 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine announces board changes in connection to Roche transaction
Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced proposed changes to its board in connection with its pending strategic collaboration with Roche (RHHBY). Under the terms of the agreement with Roche, Foundation Medicine’s board will increase to nine directors upon the closing of the transaction, including three board designees selected by Roche. The pending transaction with Roche remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the successful completion of the tender offer commenced by Roche on February 2, 2015 and the approval of certain matters at the special meeting of Foundation Medicine stockholders to be held on April 2, 2015. The closing is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015.
March 20, 2015
12:33 EDTNVSNovartis says CLEAR Phase IIb study met primary endpoint
Novartis announced results from the CLEAR study demonstrating that Cosentyx is significantly superior to Stelara, a widely used biologic, in achieving clear or almost clear skin for psoriasis patients. The detailed findings were presented in a late-breaking research session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, USA. Cosentyx -- at a dose of 300 mg -- is the first and only interleukin-17A inhibitor approved to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. In this Phase IIIb study, Cosentyx met the primary endpoint of showing superiority to Stelara as assessed by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index 90 response, known as clear to almost clear skin at Week 16. PASI 90 is considered an important measure of treatment success by the European Medicines Agency and an optimal treatment goal for patients. In addition, completely clear skin at Week 16 was achieved by significantly more patients treated with Cosentyx than those receiving Stelara. In addition, Cosentyx demonstrated rapid onset of action and greater efficacy at all time points in the study up to Week 16, with 50% of Cosentyx patients achieving PASI 75 as early as Week 4 compared to Stelara. The CLEAR study follows the pivotal Phase III FIXTURE study, which showed Cosentyx was superior to Enbrel.
11:33 EDTRHHBYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:01 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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07:55 EDTBMYAstraZeneca seen as potential target again if oncology drugs lag, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTMRK, NVSAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
16:14 EDTRHHBYProthena report positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002
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15:55 EDTNVSAmgen injunction bid for Neupogen biosimilar denied, Reuters reports
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15:13 EDTNVSAmgen denied preliminary injunction for biologics against Novartis, Reuters says
07:02 EDTRHHBYSigma-Aldrich signs exclusive distribution agreement with Roche
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTRHHBYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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07:46 EDTRHHBYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
March 17, 2015
12:51 EDTNVSNovartis hit with $100M gender discrimination lawsuit, Reuters reports
A proposed class action lawsuit against Novartis claims the drug maker routinely denied female employees equal pay and promotional opportunities, reports Reuters. The $110M lawsuit filed on Tuesday says Novartis' Alcon Laboratories maintains a "boy's club atmosphere" that is hostile to women and bars them from leadership positions. Reference Link
08:13 EDTRHHBYCelldex announces clinical trial collaboration with Roche
Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX) announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Roche (RHHBY) to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of varlilumab, Celldex's CD27 targeting investigational antibody, and MPDL3280A, Roche's investigational cancer immunotherapy in a Phase 1/2 study in renal cell carcinoma. Varlilumab and MPDL3280A are part of a new class of investigational medicines known as cancer immunotherapies that are designed to harness the body's own immune system to fight cancer through separate yet complementary mechanisms of action that may enable the activation of T cells, restoring their ability to effectively detect and attack tumor cells. Preclinical data suggest the combination of these two mechanisms are synergistic and may enhance anti-tumor immune response compared to either agent alone. In Celldex's Phase 1 study of varlilumab in multiple solid tumors, promising signs of clinical activity in patients with refractory renal cell carcinoma were observed, including a durable partial response that has continued to decrease in tumor volume over time and prolonged stable disease. Under the terms of this agreement, Roche will provide study drug and Celldex will be responsible for conducting and funding the study, which is expected to begin in 2015.
05:32 EDTNVSIncyte announces Novartis receives EC approval for Jakavi
Incyte (INCY) announced that Novartis (NVS) received approval from the European Commission for Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Under the Incyte-Novartis Collaboration and License Agreement signed in 2009, Novartis received exclusive development and commercialization rights to ruxolitinib outside of the United States for all hematologic and oncologic indications, and sells ruxolitinib under the name Jakavi. Ruxolitinib is marketed by Incyte in the United States as Jakafi. Jakafi is approved by the FDA for treatment of people with polycythemia vera who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakafi is also indicated for treatment of people with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis, or MF, including primary MF, post–polycythemia vera MF, and post–essential thrombocythemia MF.
05:30 EDTNVSNovartis receives EU approval for Jakavi in polycythemia vera
Novartis announced that the European Commission has approved Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Jakavi is the only JAK 1/2 inhibitor available to treat PV and is also currently approved in more than 80 countries to treat myelofibrosis.
March 16, 2015
15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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