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June 3, 2014
11:57 EDTCLVS, AZNClovis tumbles after Citi calls competing drug superior
Shares of cancer drug developer Clovis (CLVS) are tumbling after Citigroup wrote that the company's CO-1686 drug looks inferior to a competing product, AstraZeneca's (AZN) AZD9291. WHAT'S NEW: After analyzing data from AstraZeneca's treatment for certain non-small cell lung cancer patients, AZD9291, Citigroup analyst Yaron Weber wrote that the drug looks better than CO-1686, a competing offering from Clovis. Previous concerns about AZD9291's cardiovascular side effects were unfounded, as it has not shown any cardiotoxicity signals in pre-clinical or human studies, and only a few patients with certain heart problems have been excluded from taking the drug as a standard precaution, the analyst wrote. Meanwhile, AZD9291, unlike CO-1686, does not occasionally produce increases in QTc, Weber indicated. QTc increases can be associated with heart problems that can cause sudden death. AstraZeneca's drug also, unlike CO-1686, does not produce hyperglycemia in some patients, and it can be taken once a day, the analyst indicated. Overall, AZD9291 has "a cleaner profile," according to Weber. The analyst cut his rating on Clovis to Neutral from Buy and slashed his target on the name to $53 from $109. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Clovis CEO Pat Mahaffay told analysts on Saturday night that "three or four" lung cancer patients in the company's ongoing phase I/II study of CO-1686 were taking insulin to control high blood sugar, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reported. The drug is "turning patients into diabetics," Feuerstein warned. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Clovis tumbled 17% to $39.50, while AstraZeneca lost 1% to $72.50.
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July 28, 2015
07:20 EDTAZNBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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July 27, 2015
05:25 EDTAZNGenzyme acquires Caprelsa from AstraZeneca for $300M
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) to acquire Caprelsa, a rare disease therapy, indicated for the treatment of symptomatic or progressive medullary thyroid carcinoma in patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease. Caprelsa is an oral kinase inhibitor treatment and is currently available in 28 countries. Caprelsa is in Phase III development for differentiated thyroid carcinoma, with the study expected to finish in the second half of 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Genzyme will pay AstraZeneca up to $300M, including an upfront payment of $165M to acquire the global rights to sell and further develop Caprelsa, and further development and sales milestone payments of up to $135M. The transaction does not include the transfer of any AstraZeneca employees or facilities.
July 22, 2015
13:58 EDTAZNPiper cuts Array target by only 50c after failed trial
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff says selumetinib for Uveal Melanoma is a small indication and represented only a small part of his valuation for Array BioPharma (ARRY). As such, after partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that selumetinib failed in the Phase III trial, the analyst cut his price target for Array by only 50c to $14.50. The primary drivers for Array remain binimetinib and encorafenib in NRAS and BRAF melanoma and low-grade serous ovarian cancer, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:07 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Phase 3 study of selumetinib did not meet primary endpoint
AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the Phase 3 SUMIT study of selumetinib in combination with dacarbazine for the treatment of patients with metastatic uveal melanoma did not meet its primary endpoint of progression free survival. This combination therapy showed an adverse event profile generally consistent with current knowledge of the safety profiles of dacarbazine and selumetinib. A full evaluation of the data is ongoing. Selumetinib is a MEK inhibitor in late-stage development, with a primary Phase 3 program in second-line KRAS-mutant advanced non-small cell lung cancer in combination with docetaxel. Selumetinib is also being investigated in a Phase 3 study in differentiated thyroid cancer and in a Phase 2 registration study in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1. Selumetinib is an oral small molecule MEK inhibitor invented by Array BioPharma (ARRY) and licensed to AstraZeneca in 2003.
July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTCLVSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:52 EDTCLVSClovis upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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July 15, 2015
17:00 EDTAZNInnerWorkings to provide AstraZeneca exclusive marketing execution
InnerWorkings (INWK), the leading marketing execution firm, has become the exclusive North American marketing execution partner of AstraZeneca (AZN). Under the seven-year agreement, InnerWorkings will manage AstraZeneca’s marketing print operations across North America, which will improve AstraZeneca’s transparency and reporting as well as strengthen its brand impact. Strategically placed across the U.S., InnerWorkings’ three onsite teams based in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will help AstraZeneca sharpen its financial visibility, unify its brands, and enhance its marketing effectiveness. By tapping InnerWorkings’ $1B-dollar buying power, AstraZeneca will gain vital insights, promote sustainability, and refine its marketing spend.

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