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June 3, 2014
11:57 EDTAZN, CLVSClovis 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 22, 2014
05:25 EDTAZNAdams Express, MedImmune announce clinical trial partnership
Advaxis (ADXS) has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The Phase I/II immunotherapy study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of MedImmune's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with Advaxis' lead cancer immunotherapy vaccine, ADXS-HPV, as a treatment for patients with advanced, recurrent or refractory human papillomavirus, or HPV,-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer. Both MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV are cancer immunotherapies, a new class of treatments that use the body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, MedImmune and Advaxis will evaluate the combination as a treatment for HPV-associated cervical cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The Phase I part of the trial is expected to establish a recommended dose regimen of MEDI4736 with ADXS-HPV, and the Phase II portion will assess the safety and efficacy of the combination. The study will be funded and conducted by Advaxis. Results from the study will be used to determine whether further clinical development of this combination is warranted. Under the terms of the deal, MedImmune has a non-exclusive relationship with respect to HPV-driven tumour types. MedImmune has first right of negotiation for future development of combinations involving MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV.
July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTAZNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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08:01 EDTAZNAlexion names former AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan to board
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07:59 EDTAZNTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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