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March 28, 2014
06:57 EDTGSK, BMY, LLY, AZN, RHHBY, NVS, PFE, SNY, MRK, JNJBaxter spin-off to encourage others to follow suit, Reuters columnist says
After Baxter said that it would separate its biotech and medical products units, a Reuters columnist says that Baxter's shareholders will benefit from the move. As a result, other large drug companies will be more likely to split their companies, the columnist contended. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Reference Link
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May 20, 2015
07:21 EDTBMYUBS to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTJNJAchillion downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 19, 2015
16:10 EDTJNJAchillion enters into collaboration for HCV with Janssen
Achillion (ACHN) announced that it has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration arrangement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to develop and commercialize one or more of Achillion's lead hepatitis C virus, or HCV, assets which include ACH-3102, ACH-3422, and sovaprevir. Under the terms of the agreement, Achillion will grant Janssen an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and, upon regulatory approval, commercialize HCV products and regimens containing one or more of Achillion's HCV assets. Achillion is eligible to receive a number of payments based upon achievement of specified development, regulatory and sales milestones. Achillion is also eligible to receive tiered royalty percentages between mid-teens and low-twenties based upon future worldwide sales. Janssen will be responsible for all of the development costs within the collaboration and all subsequent costs related to commercialization of the HCV assets. A key objective of the collaboration will be to develop a short-duration, highly effective, pan-genotypic, oral regimen for the treatment of HCV. An initial regimen that will be explored will feature Achillion's ACH-3102, a second-generation NS5A inhibitor currently in Phase 2 clinical studies that has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in combination with an NS3/4A HCV protease inhibitor plus an NS5B HCV polymerase inhibitor from the collaboration. Additionally, in an equity transaction separate to the exclusive license and collaboration arrangement, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. will invest $225M in Achillion and, in return, receive approximately 18.4M newly issued, unregistered shares of Achillion at a price of $12.25 per share. The transactions, including the equity sale, are subject to customary closing conditions, including termination or expiration of any applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Transitional clinical development and technology transfer activities under the collaboration are expected to take place over the next several months.
15:05 EDTAZNArdelyx scheduled for end Phase 2 meeting with FDA scheduled in June
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09:25 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline asthma drug overused, risks underappreciated, ProPublica says
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08:57 EDTBMY, NVSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:56 EDTBMYGilead for Achillion rumor not ridiculous, but highly unlikely, TheStreet says
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07:45 EDTBMYJacobs Engineering receives contract from Bristol-Myers
Jacobs Engineering (JEC) received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) to provide construction management services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, County Dublin, Ireland. Jacobs is also providing architectural and engineering services for the facility, which is being built to produce multiple therapies for the company’s robust and growing portfolio of approved and investigational biologic medicines, and to increase Bristol-Myers Squibb’s biologics manufacturing capacity. The new facility is expected to include multiple large scale bioreactors, a purification area, as well as office and laboratory space. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Board of Directors has approved initial funding that will support the first phase of the project, with the full cost of the facility expected to be finalized in the second half of 2015. The facility is estimated to be operational in 2019.
07:28 EDTMRKUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:55 EDTSNY, NVS, MRK, GSK, PFEGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 18, 2015
16:07 EDTRHHBYIllumina files new patent infringement suit against Roche unit
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12:34 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive pivotal Phase 2b dupilumab data in asthma
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12:29 EDTNVSCorium announces publication of data for needle-free transdermal flu vaccine
Corium International announced the publication of "promising" data on the use of its needle-free transdermal system to deliver influenza vaccine in the June 9 issue of Vaccine. The manuscript, entitled "Fabrication of cell culture-derived influenza vaccine dissolvable microstructures and evaluation of immunogenicity in guinea pigs," details results of a preclinical study conducted by Novartis Vaccines (NVS) and Corium. The results demonstrate the compatibility of Corium's MicroCor needle-free transdermal system with cell culture-derived influenza vaccines, and establish its potential as a next-generation vaccine delivery system, the company said.
10:01 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: A10 Networks (ATEN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... ChemoCentryx (CCXI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Emerge Energy (EMES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FEMSA (FMX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Holly Energy (HEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... JP Energy (JPEP) upgraded on better visibility on volumes at RBC Capital... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Malvern Bancorp (MLVF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Owens-Illinois (OI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Roche (RHHBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) upgraded on stabilizing headwinds at KeyBanc... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... United Therapeutics (UTHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:23 EDTRHHBYRoche upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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07:38 EDTNVSNovartis outlook has improved, says Bernstein
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06:58 EDTPFEActavis CEO says chances of Pfizer offer are 'unlikely', Financial Times says
Actavis (ACT) CEO Brent Saunders said the chances of Pfizer (PFE) making an offer are "incredibly unlikely," reports the Financial Times. Saunders said he has heard the gossip that Actavis could become a takeover target for a larger group, but he spends "zero time thinking about it." Reference Link
06:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to invest $285M in new biologics manufacturing facility in Sweden
AstraZeneca announced that it plans to invest approximately $285M in a new high-tech facility for manufacturing of biological medicines in Södertälje, Sweden. The new plant will be focused on filling and packaging of protein therapeutics. It is anticipated that the new facility will supply medicines for clinical trial programs of AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, from the end of 2018, and will deliver finished products for commercial use once fully operational by 2019. Södertälje is currently home to AstraZeneca’s largest global tablets and capsules manufacturing facility and is also a launch platform site for the company, with specialist capabilities on-site that allow large-scale production of new medicines, working closely with the research and development organisation. By locating the new manufacturing plant in Södertälje, the company will combine its expertise in biologics with the well-established culture of operational excellence that exists within the Sweden Operations unit. The planned investment will, subject to relevant approvals by the local authorities, create between 150 and 250 highly skilled new roles at AstraZeneca by 2019. The new manufacturing facility in Sweden will support the progression of drug candidates across the main therapy areas and be aligned with investments being made in the current biologics manufacturing centers, such as the expansion in Frederick, Maryland, announced in November.
May 17, 2015
15:49 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Movantik shows 'similar' adverse event rate vs. placebo
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14:59 EDTSNYL'Oreal CEO 'ready' to sell Sanofi stake if needed, Barron's says
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