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April 21, 2014
10:18 EDTAZN, PFEAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN) are rallying after a newspaper reported that Pfizer (PFE) had considered acquiring the company. Two analysts disagreed on the chances of the report being accurate. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, reported that Pfizer had sought to buy AstraZeneca for more than 60B British pounds, or around $100B. Recently the two companies have held informal talks, but AstraZeneca is resisting a deal, the newspaper stated, citing unnamed senior investment bankers and industry sources. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum wrote that Pfizer very likely did offer GBP60B for AstraZeneca, representing a premium of about 25% over its closing price on Thursday. Moreover, Pfizer is likely to try again to buy AstraZeneca, added the analyst. But the British company may try to merge with a third drug maker to defend itself against Pfizer's efforts, predicted Baum. An acquisition of AstraZeneca would be in-line with Pfizer's strategy and would be financially attractive for the U.S. drug maker, added Baum, who nonetheless kept a Neutral rating on AstraZeneca. Much less optimistic about the chances of a deal were analysts at research firm Bernstein. The analysts are "hard pressed" to believe that Pfizer was ever seriously interested in buying AstraZeneca, they wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The analysts do not believe that buying AstraZeneca dovetails with Pfizer's strategy. They kept a Market Perform rating on AstraZeneca. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, AstraZeneca rose $3.50, or 6%, to $67, while Pfizer gained 50c, or 1.5%, to $31.
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May 20, 2015
07:46 EDTPFEDeutsche Bank positive on potential Pfizer, GSK merger
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert believes a large foreign deal for Pfizer (PFE) may make sense and says a buyout of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be "materially" accretive to earnings while improving the company's tax situation over time. Gilbert assumes a $60 per share buyout price for GlaxoSmithKline in a research note this morning titled "Introducing 'PfizerKline'". The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $44.68. Gilbert reiterates a Buy rating on Pfizer with a $41 price target. Shares ended yesterday up 23c to $34.21.
May 19, 2015
15:05 EDTAZNArdelyx scheduled for end Phase 2 meeting with FDA scheduled in June
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06:55 EDTPFEGenocea 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
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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May 15, 2015
09:31 EDTAZN, PFEAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
12:29 EDTPFEPfizer receives 'second request' from FTC regarding potential Hospira merger
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09:22 EDTAZNLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:39 EDTPFETargacept, Catalyst Biosciences amend definitive merger agreement
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08:08 EDTPFEPfizer director Marc Tessier-Lavigne to step down from board
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05:52 EDTAZNMizuho expects CAR T stocks to be volatile after ASCO abstract
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May 13, 2015
19:17 EDTPFEHospira and FDA detect security vulnerabilities in infusion pumps
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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.
17:19 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA to present data at ASCO for avelumab
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13:43 EDTPFEHospira shareholders approve merger with Pfizer
Hospira (HSP) announced that Hospira shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement with Pfizer (PFE) at a special meeting of stockholders held May 13 in Denver, Colorado. On February 5, Hospira and Pfizer announced they had entered into a merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira for $90 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $17B. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, one of which was approval of the merger by Hospira's shareholders. Additional closing conditions to be met include obtaining regulatory approvals in several jurisdictions. Hospira and Pfizer continue to expect the merger to close in the second half of 2015.
07:31 EDTPFEHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 11, 2015
17:36 EDTPFEAthersys down 10.1% after Pfizer notified that it will terminate agreement
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17:34 EDTPFEAthersys receives notification that Pfizer will terminate agreement
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16:33 EDTPFEPfizer takes minority interest in AM-Pharma, secures option to acquire company
AM-Pharma and Pfizer announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5M for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5M upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury,” said Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
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