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March 17, 2014
10:46 EDTREGN, SNY, RHHBY, GSK, AZN, TEVALeerink's biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with two MEDACorp key opinion leaders (KOL) discuss opportunities for respiratory biologics for the treatment of severe asthma, with an emphasis on antibodies to IL-5 (AZN/GSK/TEVA) IL-4 (SNY/REGN) and IL-13 (AZN/RHHBY) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 17 at 11 am.
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May 15, 2015
08:04 EDTREGNRegeneron price target raised to $450 from $427 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan said it is "increasingly confident" in dupilumab's longer-term prospects in asthma ahead of the full Phase 2b results. The firm believes the drug's peak sales could top $4B. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron, however, saying its valuation already reflects blockbuster sales for Eylea, Praluent, sarilumab and dupilumab. It raised its price target for the name to $450 from $427.
08:04 EDTTEVATeva to present new respiratory data at 2015 ATS conference
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that three company-sponsored abstracts will be presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in Denver, Colorado on May 15-19.Data to be presented include a Phase III study examining the functionality, reliability, accuracy and overall patient satisfaction of ProAir RespiClick inhalation powder, which gained approval from the U.S. FDA in March 2015. ProAir RespiClick is now available by prescription and is indicated for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older. Additional Phase III data to be presented include a late-breaking abstract highlighting an interim analysis of the long-term safety and efficacy of Teva’s investigational anti-IL-5 therapy, reslizumab, in patients with asthma and elevated blood eosinophils. A third abstract to be presented includes data from a dose-ranging study of fluticasone propionate multi-dose, dry-powder inhaler in adolescent and adult patients with asthma.
May 14, 2015
09:22 EDTAZN, RHHBYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:35 EDTTEVATeva says data present case for TEV-48125 progression to Phase III
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07:44 EDTTEVAInternational Headache Society to hold a conference
17th Congress of the International Headache Society is being held in Valencia, Spain on May 14-17.
05:52 EDTAZNMizuho expects CAR T stocks to be volatile after ASCO abstract
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May 13, 2015
18:12 EDTRHHBYGenentech alectinib shrank tumors in about half of ALK-positive NSCLC patients
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17:24 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to update progress with immuno-oncology pipeline at ASCO
AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, will demonstrate rapid progress with their combination-focused oncology pipeline at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, Annual Meeting, May 29-June 2. 61 scientific abstracts will be presented at the meeting, reinforcing the significant progress in immuno-oncology through combination therapies and innovative companion diagnostics.
17:04 EDTRHHBYGenentech announces interim results from POPLAR study
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced interim results from a global, randomized Phase II study, POPLAR, in people with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC. The study showed the investigational cancer immunotherapy MPDL3280A doubled the likelihood of survival; hazard ratio [HR]=0.47) in people whose cancer expressed the highest levels of PD-L1 compared with docetaxel chemotherapy. An improvement in survival was also observed in people who had medium and high or any level of PD-L1 expression, as characterized by a test being developed by Roche. MPDL3280A was generally well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with what has been previously reported for MPDL3280A in NSCLC. Updated results will be presented in an oral session at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “In our study of MPDL3280A in previously treated lung cancer, the amount of PD-L1 expressed by a person’s cancer correlated with improvement in survival,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “The goal of PD-L1 as a biomarker is to identify people most likely to experience improved overall survival with MPDL3280A alone, and which people may be appropriate candidates for a combination of medicines.”
11:38 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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08:02 EDTTEVAANI Pharmaceuticals acquires rights to testosterone gel 1%
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07:31 EDTSNYHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
07:07 EDTGSKGSK, Emergent BioSolutions, Oxford initiate Prime Boost study of Ebola vaccine
A new phase 1 study has begun at the University of Oxford that will investigate the use of a modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, Ebola Zaire vaccine candidate, or MVA EBOZ, as a prime-boost to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Chimp Adenovirus type 3, or ChAd3, Ebola vaccine candidate. The study, being conducted by the clinical research group of Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute, has received regulatory approval to begin from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA. The phase 1 study has a planned enrollment of 38 volunteers of which 6 will receive MVA EBOZ only while the other 32 will receive ChAd3-EBO-Z prime followed by MVA EBOZ boost. Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) manufactured the supply of MVA EBOZ to be used in this phase 1 study, which is being conducted in the U.K. with support from the Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development.
07:05 EDTSNYSanofi exercises option on therapeutic program with Selecta Biosciences
Selecta Biosciences., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a novel class of targeted antigen-specific immune therapies, today announced that, under the terms of an existing strategic global collaboration, Sanofi has exercised its option to an exclusive license to develop an immunotherapy for the treatment of celiac disease. Under the terms of the collaboration, Selecta is eligible to receive research support and several pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and sales milestones totaling up to $300 million for this new program in celiac disease. Additionally, Selecta is also entitled to up to double digit tiered royalties as percentage of product net sales for any commercialized immunotherapy resulting from these efforts with Sanofi. November 2012, Selecta announced that they had formed a strategic global collaboration to discover highly targeted, antigen-specific immunotherapies for life threatening allergies. Under the agreement, Sanofi obtained a first exclusive license to develop an immunotherapy designed to abate acute immune responses against a life threatening food allergen and an option to develop two additional candidate immunotherapies for allergies and celiac disease. With the exercise of this option by Sanofi, Selecta and Sanofi now have two initiatives actively advancing immune tolerance treatments under the terms of the 2012 agreement. In October 2014, Selecta and JDRF announced another collaboration with Sanofi to research novel antigen-specific immune therapies for Type 1 Diabetes.
May 12, 2015
06:02 EDTGSKGSK CEO cites 'poor choices' in rivals' M&A deals, Financial Times reports
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May 11, 2015
15:54 EDTGSKGlaxo CEO defends strategy, warns of risks of chasing higher prices, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty defends the company's shift in focus from high-priced prescription drugs to higher volume, but lower priced, products, warning that chasing ever-higher prices risks undermining the industry and may create "its own tension that leads to some kind of change,” reported Financial Times, citing an interview. Witty acknowledges the company's asset swap with Novartis (NVS) opens the door to a potential break up, but argues there are benefits to keeping pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer goods together and there would be “no logic” in a split at this early time after the Novartis deal, the report added. Reference Link
14:27 EDTTEVACowen recommends adding to both Teva and Mylan at current levels
Cowen recommends adding to both Teva (TEVA) and Mylan (MYL) at current levels. The firm continues to believe that a Mylan transaction will proceed despite some early contentious language, and all of Mylan's concerns will be resolved.
11:53 EDTTEVATeva rejected chance to acquire Perrigo a few months ago, Globes reports
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05:58 EDTGSKUNC, GlaxoSmithKline create dedicated HIV Cure center
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05:11 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA approval for cobas KRAS Mutation Test
Roche announced that the FDA has approved the cobas KRAS Mutation Test for diagnostic use. The real-time PCR test is designed to identify KRAS mutations in tumor samples from metastatic colorectal cancer, or mCRC, patients and aid clinicians in determining a therapeutic path for them.
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